On November 6, 2018, Southern Utah University welcomed Dallas Graham, founder of the Red Fred Project, as a speaker for the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. The Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is a course on campus that invites various successful business owners and leaders to present to the class each week. Speakers present on their accomplishments, challenges, and wisdom they’ve gained from their path to success.
During Graham’s presentation, he told SUU students about the beginnings of the Red Fred Project, and encouraged students to find their passions, then use them to do good.
Graham is a photographer, designer, writer, philanthropist, speaker, and artist. Using his talents, he created the Red Fred Project. Based in Salt Lake City, the Red Fred Project works with critically-ill children to tell their stories and publish their own books.
Graham explains, “I ask children living in extraordinary circumstances (rare diseases, critical illnesses, life-limiting situations): If you could write a book, for the entire world to read, what would it be about?”
Graham helps each child write and design a book, allowing them to create their own characters and direct the storyline themselves. Following the completion of the book, the child is given the opportunity to have a book signing and event. A portion of book sales is given to the child, which often helps the child’s family pay for medical needs.
Perhaps the most impactful aspect of his presentation was his pure passion and commitment to helping these children in difficult circumstance.
“Dallas Graham is very passionate about his work - he inspired me to want to be better and make a difference in the world.” said Marquessa Gibson, sophomore studying business management. “He’s so personable and cares so much about the extraordinary children he works with, as well as everyone who works with him. He encourages and inspires everyone to use their talents and skills to make the world a better place.”
The Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is a one credit upper division class, designed to give students the opportunity to learn from successful business owners. There are no prerequisites and the class is open to any majors. All students are welcome to attend, even if they are not enrolled in the course. The class is held Tuesdays from 11:30-12:20 in the Dixie L. Leavitt Business Building in room 126.