Dr. Cindra Kamphoff

Speaker, Trainer, Coach, Author
Sports, Achievement, Peak Performance

Cindra is an award-winning speaker and author, as well as a certified mental performance coach and consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. She comes armed with a PhD and Masters in Sport and Performance Psychology and has worked alongside the Minnesota Vikings, USA Track & Field, and several Fortune 100 and 500 companies throughout her career.

Cindra is a former high school state champion in the mile who received a full scholarship to run track and field for the University of Northern Iowa where she became obsessed with performance psychology. She also led one of the top master’s programs in the country for sport and performance psychology. 

Cindra is a wife and mother who leads by example, proving just what is possible when you put your mind to it. As impressive as her list of accomplishments can be, they are often overshadowed by her powerful story of grit, determination, perseverance and success.


Professional Summary

Cindra is an award-winning keynote speaker and Professional Certified Coach for leaders, professional athletes, and championship teams around the nation. Her clients range from Verizon Wireless, Target, Mayo Clinic Health System to the Minnesota Vikings. For four years, Cindra provided one-on-one mental training for the Minnesota Vikings and she also worked with the United States Olympic Track and Field team while they were in Tokyo. 

Cindra is the author of the Amazon bestseller, Beyond Grit: Ten Powerful Practices to Gain the High Performing Edge and the corresponding workbook. Her third book, Beyond Grit for Business, applies the 10 Practices to leadership, sales and entrepreneurs. Her work has appeared in New York Times, ESPN the Magazine, The Huffington Post, USA Today, and Runner’s World Magazine. 

Cindra founded the High Performance Mindset podcast and the Center for Sport & Performance Psychology and is a professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Popular Programs

Beyond Grit: Powerful Practices to Gain the High Performance Edge

The High Performance Mindset: Top Practices of the Most Successful

"I will....I can...I am...": Dominating Your Thinking to Reach Your Potential

Level Up Your Confidence: Overcoming Imposture Syndome to Level Up Your Impact

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Best in the Business

"Cindra is one of the best in the business. Her ability to connect with business, people, leaders, athletes and coaches is exceptional."

Les Pico | Director of Player Development, Minnesota Vikings


"Cindra captivated the audience with her enthusiasm and her real life examples of finding passion. Her presentations are easily applicable to all aspects of our lives. She is one of the best motivational speakers I have ever seen!"

Kristi Moore | Target

Improve Your Team

"If you are serious about yourself and your team’s improvement, Dr. Cindra provides the infrastructure to get you there."

Mark Watkins | CEO, Geneva Capital