Bangs Shoes founder to visit DePauw

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bangs Shoes Founder and President Hannah Davis, in the midst of a six-week tour visiting 24 universities in six weeks, will be at DePauw University on Wednes-day, Nov. 6.

As the inspiration and passion behind Bangs Shoes, an international social enterprise dedicated to investing in the movement of powerful causes, Davis will be empowering students to take action and make the world a better place.

As of Monday, the only information available about Davis' appearance locally is that she will be at Kappa Alpha Theta sorority for an 11:30 a.m. lunch and presentation.

Madison Manning is the DePauw team leader for Bangs.

Davis, a 25-year-old South Carolina native, formed Bangs in early 2010 while teaching English in Jiangsu Province of China.

The Chinese character for the word "help" is the pinyin, or phonetic pronunciation, of the character is spelled b-a-n-g.

Founder Davis wanted to connect the name of the company to the inspiration and ideology behind the brand so Bangs seemed like a natural choice.

Now a successful social enterprise that produces shoes in various colors with each pair of Bangs representing a specific social issue, BANGS invest 20 percent of net profits from each pair of shoes into nonprofit partner organizations which include Drop in the Bucket, SOUL Foundation, Global DIRT, Kiva, CHOICE Humanitarian and Springboard Collaborative.

What makes Bangs unique is that it chooses nonprofit partners with one vital requirement: A focus on change, not charity.

The mission of Bangs is to invest in nonprofit partners who emphasize the importance of partnership and education.

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