Football season may have come to an end - but BCA isn't done yet. We're so excited to announce Sarah Thomas, First Female NFL Referee, as our guest speaker for the April 2018 Hospitality Breakfast.
Sarah Thomas changed the game in the world’s most quintessential male-dominated sport—football—when she became the first female NFL referee. Now she’s inspiring others to dream big and believe anything is possible.
Officiating her first game 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. No stranger to being the first or breaking gender-barriers, she was the first female referee to ever work a major college football game, to officiate a bowl game and to referee in a Big Ten stadium.
Since her addition to the NFL's roster of referees, she has become a trail-blazing inspiration to women everywhere, embodying the notion that with a belief in self, inner drive, hard work, preparation, and a mindset of being the best you can be, no barrier or ceiling is impenetrable.
With the same unflappability that it takes to make a split-second call on the field, Sarah exudes equal confidence on stage as she 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.
Check out the video below to learn more about Sarah and all of her amazing accomplishments.