Breaking Through: My Journey to Becoming the First Female NFL Official
Tuesday, November 17 • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST
As the NFL's first female official, Sarah Thomas shares her journey as a pioneer in a male-dominated industry, inspiring others to seize opportunities to succeed and never give up—even when the odds are against you.
Officiating her first game on September 13, 2015, between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans, Sarah’s hat, whistle, and flag are now on display at the NFL Hall of Fame and serve as a testament to this historic achievement. Sarah also made post-season history by being named Down Judge for the Patriots/Chargers 2019 playoff game. No stranger to being the first or breaking gender-barriers, she was the first female official to ever work a major college football game, to officiate a bowl game, and to officiate in a Big Ten stadium.
With the same unflappability that it takes to make a split-second call on the field, Sarah shares key insights on overcoming adversity – and the odds – finding your passion while maintaining work-life balance, decision-making, and not only succeeding as a female in a male-dominated industry but achieving breakthrough success for males and females alike.
Please welcome spotlight speaker, Sarah Thomas!
Interested in this session? Purchase the All-Access Pass to attend.