Petra Kowalski

Social Science Officer

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As a Mental Performance Coach, Petra dedicates herself to helping individuals and teams unlock their potential and thrive in stressful and demanding conditions. Working full-time for the United States Army over the last seven years, Petra has honed her craft by training civilians and soldiers from a wide range of high-stress occupations including: U.S. Army Ranger School candidates, nurses and doctors, law enforcement, and fire fighters.

Petra holds a Master’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from California State University, Chico. She is certified by the University of Pennsylvania as a Primary Instructor for the U.S. Army’s Master Resilience Training program. In addition to teaching the basic resilience course, Petra is also part of a small team responsible for training others to be Primary Instructors. Following her passion for helping people perform better under stress, Petra is also an adjunct instructor for the Pikes Peak Regional Law Enforcement Academy where she teaches a class called Officer Mindset.

Driven by a personal philosophy of “be humble, be hungry”, Petra believes that growth is a never ending process. She believes that all of us have an innate desire to be better – in work, school, or athletics – to live better, be better leaders, or have better relationships. She also believes that ‘better’ is always possible no matter how good we already are – that we all have some untouched, untapped potential.

Petra lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she enjoys trail running, competitive Ultimate frisbee, skiing, and spending time with her wife, kids, and dog.


Petra Kowalski

  • Civilian
  • Master’s Degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology from California State University, Chico
  • Colorado Springs, CO




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