Established entrepreneur and business owner, Sarah Calhoun, will deliver the keynote address, “Present Day Pioneering,” at Dakota Wesleyan University’s annual Stark Lecture, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the DWU Sherman Center.
As founding owner of Red Ants Pants, a clothing line that specializes in workwear for women, Calhoun has two decades of leadership experience in both the nonprofit and small business sectors.
Tired of wearing men’s work pants that didn’t fit and realizing the similar needs of many others, Calhoun began designing pants that would fit, function and flatter working women and founded Red Ants Pants in 2006. Red Ants Pants is based out of White Sulphur Springs, Montana.
Stemming off the success of her clothing line, Calhoun went on to create the first Red Ants Pants Music Festival in 2011, where 6,000 fans came to celebrate rural Montana and all its beauty and to fulfill the mission of the Red Ants Pants Foundation to “support women’s leadership, working family farms and ranches, and rural communities.” The festival has grown into an annual celebration and has featured headliners such as Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam and many others throughout its history. The festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year July 23-26, 2020.
Calhoun’s grit has brought national recognition. She was named the 2012 National Women in Business Champion for the Small Business Administration and the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year for Montana. In 2018 the Red Ants Pants Music Festival was named the Event of the Year by the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development and Calhoun was later inducted into the Montana Business Hall of Fame the same year.
Dr. Franklin Stark, Dakota Wesleyan alumnus, endowed the Stark Lectures to bring the stories of those who are “living examples of the truths of the Biblical message” to campus.
Through Dr. Stark’s gift, these presentations which have featured religious leaders, authors, educators, politicians, ethicists, journalists, entrepreneurs and entertainers of national stature, have demonstrated the authenticity of the connection between faith and works.
For those unable to attend but still interested in hearing Calhoun’s presentation, the event will be live streamed via the following link: www.dwu.edu/live.