A rising tide lifts all boats.
Tide Risers is a deliberate community for women leaders working for the greater good.
We offer a professional and personal development opportunity, but our mission and our outcomes are far greater. Tide Risers is about building real, lasting relationships that provide the advancement, networking opportunities, and accountability we all need.
Members enjoy a series of events designed to help them leverage and deepen their skills, find renewal and creative energy, and become more powerful proponents of their causes. All of this is delivered with a healthy dose of inspiration and joy.
Members also have access to a powerful network of women across the nation including Tide Risers Empriseurs, our alumnae program.
Tide Risers cohorts are currently located across the United States in New York City; Fairfield County, CT; Jersey City, NJ; Philadelphia; Raleigh-Durham, NC; San Francisco; and Washington, DC.
The Tide Risers journey begins with our signature one-year, cohort based experience. Members begin their journey in January, and work with their cohort of carefully selected women through December. Members then graduate to become Empriseurs, the women leaders who have completed our cohort work and remain dedicated to the Tide Risers mission and community.
The Tide Risers curriculum includes our monthly gathering, called the UnstickHer Session, occasional Excursions, monthly individual assignments, small group work, and a yearly summit to bring all of our members together from across the nation.
Designed to help members move up and out of their sticking points to help them achieve and advance, UnstickHer Sessions are the heart and soul of Tide Risers. These monthly, in-person sessions include deep self-exploratory and community-building work. You can expect intention setting, journaling, and deep discussions, all facilitated through individual, small group and full group reflection as well as a structured peer-to-peer coaching model.
Leveraging the expertise of our national network of Tide Risers, members learn and practice tactical skills to support them in their daily personal and professional lives. UnstickHer session topics have included Fearless Decision-Making, Choosing the ‘Bigger Life’, Controlling Your Narrative, and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Race and Identity.
Excursions are our opportunity to come together and build relationships in a more casual, less structured way. These events could be a picnic in a park, cocktails after work, or a walk through a neighborhood no one has been to before. Relationships seeded at UnstickHer sessions flourish through these excursions, which give busy members a built-in lever for nurturing and growing new relationships and building a dynamic, reciprocal ecosystem of local support and community.
Annual membership costs $2,200, and includes all UnstickHer sessions, invites to Excursions, and access to the wider Tide Risers community. Retreats, one-on-one coaching sessions, and optional skill-building workshops may require additional fees.
The generosity of our sponsors and the women participating in the Accelerator's Initiative make possible a limited amount of financial assistance for members who need it. If you require financial assistance, please reach out to us. We work very hard to make Tide Risers accessible to all, so please don’t hesitate to ask!
Meet Our Founder
Creating Tide Risers was a culminating step in an inevitable journey for our founder, Lara Holliday. Her 20+ year career spanning for-profit, creative, non-profit, and government agencies led her to develop our program for women working collaboratively within a structured framework of community and accountability.
Tide Risers is a venture of Bergen Street Strategy, which Lara founded in 2010 to advise mission-driven organizations. Bergen Street Strategy offers executive coaching and communications and fundraising consulting services to make great organizations even better. By helping her clients make organizational and personal values a central organizing function of their decision-making and strategic planning, Lara steers leaders to identify, clarify, and communicate the values that drive their work and provide meaningful engagement.
Lara takes the responsibility to mentor younger women very seriously, and makes this a guiding tenet of her business practices. This passion was also the inspiration behind Bergen Street Salon, a curated discussion group she founded in 2012.
Lara grew up on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and after 25 years of living in New York City has recently relocated to London with her husband, two daughters, and rambunctious rescue mutt, Rowdy.