Our Team


Marie is the founder of High Tides, as well as a coach and small business consultant. She is an experienced and highly skilled training developer and facilitator, having assumed these roles for numerous organizations, leading trainings for groups of leaders as small as 6 to over 1500 people at a time and has lent her expertise both in the U.S. as well as abroad. Her passion for seeing emerging leaders grow and expand led to her founding of High Tides in 2016.

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CANDACE TAYLOR, Leadership Coach

Candace L. Taylor is an experienced and passionate performer, choreographer, researcher, leader and entrepreneur. In her professional life, post-grad and Fulbright, Candace has utilized creative thinking and expression, project management, effective communication and strategic development skills to increase operational efficiency in many industries and settings ranging from fashion, education, spiritual ministry, theater, and fitness.

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KERRY-ANN TOTTEN, Leadership Coach

Kerry-Ann has a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Albany, and Masters of Arts in Teaching from Howard University. Being in the education field for almost two decades has helped Kerry-Ann become a client-focused leader with a strong dedication to women, while providing a safe, reflective, motivating and empowering environment for transformation.

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Our Partners

KALYN WILSON, Dream Forward Consulting

Kalyn Wilson is a veteran business strategist, thought leader, and coach who has cultivated talent management wins at Fortune 100 companies, influential nonprofits, and the country’s largest city governments. She works a fully integrated career dedicated to building equitable HR and DEI systems worldwide and empowering underrepresented talent to experience their dream careers.

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FREDERICA PETERSON, frederica peterson

Frederica is a Professional Speaker, Certified Executive Coach, Learning Strategist and Award Winning Program Designer. She has been dedicated to results-focused performance excellence for over 20 years. Described by her clients as passionate, charismatic, intuitive and outcome focused, Frederica’s elite client list includes some of the top organizations in the country.

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DR. VICTORIA MATTINGLY, Mattingly Solutions

Dr. Victoria Mattingly has been providing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and learning & development consulting services to businesses and non-profit organizations for over 10 years. She has built and implemented DEI solutions with companies such as Intel, American Eagle, Sargent & Lundy, Project Management Institute, and Forte Foundation.

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LILLIAN FORSYTH, Leadership Coach

Lillian Forsyth is a coach, workshop facilitator, and consultant in the areas of communications, leadership, and diversity, equity & inclusion. She has 15 years of experience leading Operations and Human Resources for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Lillian’s passion for diversity, equity & inclusion work was born from her experience growing up in St. Louis, MO, one of the most racially segregated cities in the US.

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Charmaine Lacsina is a founder, operator, teacher, and leader who has worked at high-growth startups and consulted/ coached Fortune 500 leaders in building their exponential futures. She is currently the founder at Tayo Collective and CEO of Essential. Her focus is to create high performing teams through heartfelt conversations, belonging, and decision making. She believes that Leaders of the Future need to become network orchestrators of their community.

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KIM WELCOME, Communications Expert

Kim Welcome is a communication expert who draws from her BA in communication, 15 years as a sales and marketing professional, training as a voice actor, and experience as a smooth jazz artist, to teach her clients to communicate in a way that builds relationships and conveys confidence. She founded Influential Voice and incorporates the psychology of marketing, sales principles and the skillful use of the voice to empower teams and leaders.

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