Kristus Ratliff

Kristus stumbled into the digital arena when, as an event manger, she was tasked with building a proprietary appointment matching system.  Undaunted, she jumped in, supporting the development of the matching system as well as a web-based hotel bidding application, finishing the projects in less than a year.  Somewhere between the midnight calls to her team of India-based developers, and the documenting of the never ending bug lists, Kristus fell in love with the process of building powerful web experiences and applications. 

An energetic and passionate leader, Kristus has over 13 years of experience in the web technology, medical, legal, and non-profit sectors. She leads enterprise level CMS implementations and database integration projects.  Her client list includes non-profits and trade associations such as American Chemistry Council, Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, the Risk Management Association, and TAPPI.

When Kristus isn’t calculating budgets or planning fabulous events, she can be found volunteering for the Miss Plus America Pageant System, where she serves a member of the National Board of Directors, or with her church, as a worship leader and website administrator.

Follow Kristus on Twitter at @kristusratliff and on Instagram at @ratliffevents.


The F-Word: Why Failure May Be the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You

October 13th | 3:30 PM

Everyone has experienced that project, where everything that could go wrong, went wrong. It was easy to look around and find people to blame. No one wanted to say aloud just how bad it was – because that would have made it real.

Like it or not, when things go south, it is the job of the project manager to help the team assess, pivot, and move forward. Offering insight, humor and tangible action items; this session will provide attendees with a new perspective about their roles as Digital PMs, and the dreaded F-Word.

After attending this session, attendees will understand the following:

  • How to mitigate failure by anticipating and responding effectively to change, challenge and chaos;
  • How to build trust and open communication with your team and client; and
  • How to assess, pivot, and move forward after a failure has occurred.