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Alumna takes Center Stage

YWCA Mankato

Dr. Cindra Kamphoff goes from participant to presenter in just five years

MANKATO, MINN. – Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, a 2012 graduate of YWCA Mankato’s Elizabeth Kearney Women’s Leadership program (EKWL), is now taking center stage at the annual Women’s Leadership Conference on November 2, 2017. Kamphoff hopes to inspire women to choose courage over comfort, an idea she lives by each day.

“The Elizabeth Kearney Women’s Leadership program lit my fire and jumpstarted me,” Kamphoff exclaims. Since graduating the program, she has worked with top performers like the Minnesota Vikings, began her professional speaking career and wrote and published her first book, Beyond Grit. “The [Elizabeth Kearney Women’s Leadership] program gave me an opportunity to reflect on my life and where I was going, but it also gave me the tools and strategies to move forward.”

Anne Ganey, owner of Spirited Journeys, LLC and the former facilitator of EKWL recalls Kamphoff developing an idea for the Center for Sports and Performance Psychology through time spent in the EKWL program, “…it was clear she had the vision, drive and passion to make it happen. Seeing her now helping student-athletes, the Vikings, working professionals and executives it is clear that her gift of grit is uncovering and polishing many pearls.”

“It’s so fun to see a program graduate come full circle like this,” said YWCA Mankato Executive Director and current EKWL facilitator, Barb Dorn, “It’s wonderful to see Cindra’s passion empower other women in our community and we are lucky to have her at this year’s conference.”

Kamphoff’s conference presentation, “Lead with Bravery and Courage,” will help women to move forward with intentionality and purpose. “You have everything inside you that you need – just turn it on!” said Kamphoff.

The theme of this year’s conference is Our Time is Now. Participants will hear from local talents such as Kamphoff, as well as nationally renowned speakers, Liz Nead and Trista Harris. A complete agenda and speaker biographies can be found online at mankatoywca.org/WLC. The conference will be held downtown Mankato at the Verizon Center Grand Hall on November 1-2, 2017. The early bird registration fee is $159 through September 27 and increases to $179 through October 25. The student rate is $99. Financial assistance and scholarships are available by application online at mankatoywca.org/WLC.

Press passes and interviews will be available upon request. For exclusive interviews with Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, please email all requests to cindra@cindrakamphoff.com. To reserve your conference press pass, email Cate DeBates at cate@ywcamankato.org.


About YWCA Mankato
Nationally, YWCA USA is the oldest and largest national organization serving women and their families. YWCA Mankato strives to be a collaborative leader and catalyst for social change focused on gender and race. Through programming and events, YWCA Mankato provides leadership development for women and girls, tools for self-sufficiency for New American families and promotes racial equity. YWCA Mankato carries out its mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

About the Elizabeth Kearney Women’s Leadership Program
The EKWL program is a ten-month strengths-based leadership program offered by YWCA Mankato. Exclusive to women, the program examines and defines leadership in both personal and professional capacities. In June, the program celebrated its tenth anniversary and has more than 200 alumnae.

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