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Keynote Speaker: Michael Sam

Keynote Michael SamMichael Sam, former professional football player and the first openly LGBTQ person to be selected in the NFL draft, will be the keynote speaker for Holiday Showcase 2018. 

Holiday Showcase is celebrating its 30th anniversary of being the Midwest’s most highly-attended one-day trade show for meeting planners and association professionals. The theme for the event is “From Holiday Showcase, You Can Go Anywhere,” and the selection of Michael Sam as the keynote speaker is representative of Association Forum’s commitment to ensuring that the same pathways are open to all people, regardless of their color, creed or orientation.

Prior to becoming a pioneer for the LGBTQ community, Sam was a decorated college defensive lineman at the University of Missouri. In 2013, he was a unanimous All-American, First-team All-SEC and the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. The following year, he was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards and was named one of GQ Magazine’s Men of the Year. Sam was also the first openly LGBTQ player to suit up for the Canadian Football League as a member of the Montreal Alouettes.


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