I am a Lead Ambassador for BANGS Shoes........Sooooo what does that mean?
All Lead Ambassadors are connected with the company. BANGS Shoes is a relatively new startup dedicated to investing 20% of its profits in entrepreneurs worldwide. As an ambassador, I actually get to cast MY vote and help select the entrepreneurs BANGS invests in. BANGS uses a program called Kiva.org. Through this program, I am able to read about the entrepreneur, understand his/her business plan, and see exactly what supplies the money will go towards purchasing—all from this website. Then, I vote on entrepreneurs for the company to support. From a juice-stand owner in Atlanta to a clothing maker in the Caribbean, I appreciate the way we always have such a wide range of entrepreneurs to choose from. In addition to being involved in BANGS’ entrepreneur selection, I get to help choose new shoe designs and designs for other types of merchandise, like shirts, hats, socks, etc. BANGS really values an individual’s voice in the company, and this is demonstrated in many ways.
I get frequent text messages from the founder, Hannah Davis, and we can have conversations! I’ve shared some of my ideas for shoe designs with her. It is so important and beneficial that Hannah is so accessible to all people who work with the brand. She clearly wants to connect with her ambassadors and devotes a lot of time to doing so. I admire this very much.
BANGS creates a wonderful network. Each seasonal term, I get put in a group with other regional ambassadors. We connect over social media and in a group message in an app called Slack. Each group is paired with a mentor, whom members chat with over phone. I’ve also enjoyed participating in campaigns the company creates to connect ambassadors who live all over the globe. Last term, I exchanged letters with a pen pal, someone who works in the environmental studies field in California!
Another thing I love about the Ambassador program is that I was able to build my own team of other people interested in BANGS shoes and their mission. These people purchased shoes and participated in Blitz days with me. One day each month, BANGS has a Blitz day, in which all ambassadors post on Instagram a photo involving their shoes. This was so exciting because I love styling an outfit to complement my shoes, AND I love taking a photo of it. This experience was also great because I was able to take a photoshoot with my team members—all of us styling our BANGS!
A few weeks ago, I ran into a girl wearing BANGS in an Anthropologie in Austin. It was so awesome to be able to approach her and chat with her about our experiences in the Ambassador program. BANGS helps you have connections wherever you go. I am eager to see if I will find any other Ambassadors / team members in college.
I wanted to use this post to share the wonderful experience I’ve had with BANGS. I encourage my readers to work with BANGS or a company like it. I really do enjoy the way I am able to play an active role in the decisions made in the company, and I appreciate the way the founder, Hannah, strives to remain so connected to her Ambassadors. Thank you, BANGS Shoes, for the positive impact you have had on my life and on the lives of so many others!