Meet the Rising Tide Team
A community built by creatives for creatives.
We believe an empowered creative economy will change the world. By elevating the voices of creatives around the world, sharing their stories, and building a thriving online and offline community, we support the creative in their pursuit of a sustainable livelihood.
Every day we are on a mission to empower the creative economy to rise together, doing what they love.
Rising Tide is a living library of educational resources by creatives for creatives. With blog content from thought-leaders throughout the creative industry, free educational webinars, monthly guides, and online summits—our members are equipped with the knowledge they need to succeed in business.
We fuel over four hundred monthly meet-ups across the world that discuss a relevant business topic. We believe that magic happens when creatives gather, support one another, and are empowered to pursue their passions.
HOW WE STARTED
In May of 2015, Rising Tide hosted its first set of local meetups in twelve cities across the United States. Coffee shops and wineries filled with small business owners seeking a new mindset in the creative landscape—one built on relationships. Creatives who typically spent day after day sitting at their desks with only the hum of the computer and their third cup of coffee to keep them company now had the opportunity to engage in community within their own towns.
One by one we added meetups in cities from the Northeast to the Southwest, and even internationally. As Rising Tide and the concept of “community over competition” was welcomed with open arms, we had the opportunity to merge with HoneyBook to build an intentional creative community worldwide. Today, we host over 400 monthly gatherings in cities around the world and serve a community of over 70,000 creative entrepreneurs.
We are only as strong as the communities around us, so we dedicate ourselves to supporting non-profits and organizations we are passionate about. To date, we’ve given over $100,000+ to non-profits including The School Sessions, U.S. Dream Academy, The Birthday Party Project, Thirst Relief and more. We have also partnered with Pencils of Promise to build a school in 2018—funded entirely by community donations through our annual RISE Summit.
We believe that when creatives rise, the world is changed for the better. Together, we are empowering the creative economy to pursue their passion with the support of a community.
Natalie Franke is a photographer, educator, community builder, and one of the Founders of the Rising Tide. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she studied Visual Studies with a focus on Visual Neuroscience and the Psychology of Seeing. Left brain meets right, she’s a science nerd running on equal parts coffee & entrepreneurship.
Natalie currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and serves as the Head of Community for Rising Tide—leading a team of world changers in the pursuit of empowering the creative economy.
The Rising Tide Society team is made up of over four hundred volunteer chapter leaders from around the globe, a newly appointed Creative Council, Community Moderators, Regional Directors and administrative team working every day to improve the lives of our 70k members.