March 2015: South Asian Women's Creative Collective Literary Festival

"Identity and Image: Contextualizing Our Experiences Online." (Editorial Writers' Panel)

Editorial writers Kavita Das (The Aerogram,, Samhita Mukhopadhyay (Feministing, Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life), and Aarti Virani (Vogue India, WSJ) will discuss how their relationship to their South Asian identity affects their point of view on news events and their approach to writing opinion pieces and blog posts. How does one write true to the history and identity of a South Asian female without being boxed in by publications and audiences?

May 2014: South Asian Young Women Entrepreneurs' Conference

"Raise, Rise, Rule." (Moderator)

Adam Khan (Head of Digital Education, L'oreal), Joya Dass (founder of Lady Drinks & documentary filmmaker), Parul Patel (CEO, The Cake Designer), Ayesha Hakki (principal, Bibi PR ), & Aarti Virani (Moderator & journalist) discuss marketing strategies for start-ups and how to build visibility for a company over social media platforms.


March 2014: Women's Education Project

"Three Women, Three Stories." (Moderator)

Three women - Nadia Manzoor (Actress, Writer, Producer), Preeta Sinha (Co-Founder of One Green Planet) and Zoe Timms (Founder and Executive Director of Women's Education Project) discuss their unique career choices, achievements, struggles and goals. Moderator Aarti Virani (journalist) will lead an engaging discussion with these three entrepreneurs.

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November 2013: Drew University

"Remembering Mumbai." (Moderator)

Please join us for this event commemorating the five year anniversary of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai.  A screening of documentary material on the event will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring: Professor Khyati Joshi (Fairleigh Dickinson University), Professor Karen Pechilis (Department of Comparative Religion, Drew University), Professor Jonathan Golden (Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict, Drew University), and Shafeeq Rehman Mahajir (Human rights lawyer). The event will be moderated by Aarti Virani, an arts and culture writer who has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Vogue India. She sits on the board of the South Asian Journalists Association, where she leads efforts to ensure mainstream news media organizations provide fair and accurate coverage of the South Asian-American community.