Aarti Virani is a storyteller covering the South Asian diaspora in the United States and abroad. She’s steered by curiosity, empathy and cross-cultural communication, and most energized when shining a light on people and communities whose identities can’t be neatly gift-wrapped. Her work has appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure, The New York Times, NBC, CNN and Vogue India, where she is a Contributing Editor.
ImpactFor four years, Aarti served as an elected member of the board of the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), a 22-year-old national non-profit dedicated to expanding the footprint of journalism from South Asia and the diaspora. As part of a ten-person team, she balanced full-time professional commitments with a passion for promoting the accurate coverage and portrayal of South Asia. Through the organization's scholarships, fellowships, educational endeavors and training workshops, they created a dynamic networking and resource forum for over 1,000 journalists, scattered across North America.
Editorial ConsultingAarti’s human-centered narrative approach, which is built on deep conversations, sincere connections and a desire to shape change, makes her a nimble and versatile storyteller. She brought her content creation muscles to brands like LXMI, an organic and natural luxury skincare line that provides work for women in Uganda, and the South Asian Women’s Leadership Forum, the first non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of South Asian women and girls in the United States, among other change-making clients.
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