IREM DC, NOVA & West-Central MD MEGA Meeting 2019


October 23, 2019
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Add to Calendar


Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Breaking Through: My Journey to Becoming the First Female NFL Official

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

2:00-3:00 pm  Registration Hour & Sponsor Showcase
3:00-4:30 pm  Keynote Presentation
4:30-6:00 pm  Networking Reception


Sarah Thomas changed the game in the world's most quintessential male-dominated sport - Football.  Now she's inspiring others to dream big and believe anything is possible.

This seminar and training session is OPEN to ANYONE to attend! No matter what industry you are in or position you hold, EVERYONE will walk away with the tools needed to sharpen their personal and professional knowledge.

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 official to ever work a major college football game, to officiate a bowl game and to officiate in a Big Ten stadium.  Sarah also made post-season history by being named Down Judge for the Patriots/Chargers 2019 Playoff Game.


Since her addition to the NFL's roster of officials, 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!

Come hear her essential leadership lessons from her journey to the top of a male-dominated industry and vital insights on shattering the glass ceiling in the world of professional sports that can be applied to any field or industry.  As an exemplar of what's possible if you believe, Sarah will give you takeaways on breaking through in your own career, staying focused under pressure, creating change, managing work-life balance and being the best you can be. 

This is a Can't Miss event!   

Thank you to our Meeting Sponsors:

All registrations for this special event will run through our event site: