Minister, Educator

 Author & Entrepreneur

Dr. Karen Ratliff

Dr. Karen Ratliff was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. She attended Southern Illinois University to obtain her BA in Organizational Leadership and Master’s in Education. There, she became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She later obtained her Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum Development and Instruction.

Dr. Ratliff is an entrepreneur. She is the founder of “The College Bootcamp” a non-profit organization where she guides students to and through college. She is also the founder of “365 Consulting Group, LLC” and co-creator of “Exquisite Infusion Green Tea.” As the Founder of “365 Consulting Group, LLC,” she assists individuals and organizations achieve measurable goals.

As an, author, motivational speaker, and consultant; Dr. Karen Ratliff is usually on video calls with clients, training others to become certified life coaches, meeting with students at universities, writing curriculum, ghostwriting books, and facilitating trainings at leadership development institutions. She is a strategic planner, made to assist and help others with their dreams and goals. She is an educational leader, professor, and curriculum developer. Most recently, Dr. Ratliff was the lead project manager and trailblazer for the school approval for the A.I.M. Performing Arts Charter School, in partnership with NLCSE and “Common.” She now serves as the Board President.


Dr. Karen is the author of “College Secrets Exposed” (which accompanies a mobile app), “Tightening Your Bootstraps: 104 Ways to Kick Your Debt to the Curb,” Jet Magazine Published Column “Cents and Sensibility,” “I Love Mondays: A Journal that Aids in Strategic Planning and Organizational Structure,” “Breakthrough, Sis: How to Receive the Promises of God,” and her newest book “Ministry and Marketplace: The Joseph’s Anointing.” She is also the editor for her monthly e-magazine publication “I Love Mondays w/Dr. Karen” and monthly podcast series “I Love Mondays w/ Dr. Karen.” On those two platforms, she provides tips, tools, and resources on strategic planning and how to effectively implement vision.

Most recently, she was nominated and awarded recognition for one of the 40 women under the age of 40 by the Young Women Professional League for her marketplace and professional achievements.

In January, 2019, Dr. Karen became an Ordained Minister. Her calling from God came in two phases. First, she was called to be an educator; therefore, she went to college and obtained her academic degrees and taught. Thereafter, she served in education, wrote books and founded a non-profit to help college students all while building her family. In phase two, Dr. Karen was called into ministry. In ministry she has served at New Life Covenant Church Southeast (NLCSE), under the leadership of Pastor John Hannah- a 30,000 member congregation.


For 13 years, she served in the ministry and became full-time staff as the Senior Executive Director of Ministry Development. As the only woman and the youngest staff member in this role, she oversaw 200+ leaders, ministers, and volunteers. In the conclusion of her journey at NLCSE, she designed and launched the first New Life College Ministry mobile app that allows New Life college students to stay connected and she lead the initiative to open the New Life Performing Arts Charter school (the only charter school approved since 2013).


Now, Dr. Karen serves at Praise Outreach Ministries where she assists the senior pastor in administrative, intercession, and church growth roles. She is fully aware of her spiritual gifts of leadership and administration. Dr. Karen has been commissioned by God to build His Kingdom in the local church, declare and proclaim His word, and educate and consult in the marketplace. After this call on her life was confirmed, she founded “Dr. Karen Ministries” where she implements Ministry and Marketplace Teaching and Trainings.


Dr. Karen Ratliff is a trailblazer, mentor to many, and loves to assist people accomplish their goals. She is one of a kind and definitely someone you need to have in your circle.


Ministry & Marketplace

Client List

New Life Covenant Church 

Trinity United Church of Christ

Grand Crossing Kid Care

AIM Charter School

IRH Developments

Praise Outreach Ministries

Jet Magazine

Floyd's Academy

Ottawa University

American College

Chicago Public Schools

RTR Consulting