Archana Surana

Mentored by: Geraldine B. Laybourne

United States of America
Trip: 
India
"I create an environment that nurtures 'self definition' of women to emerge and participate for inclusive growth and social change."

Archana Surana is an expert in design education. Through the Academy, she has trained more than 3,000 professionals and entrepreneurs in specialties ranging from fashion and textiles to jewelry and crafts to accessory and interior design.

Archana is involved in the revival and development of the crafts across Rajasthan and created the group Kumkum to help disadvantaged women attain economic empowerment, improve their confidence and create solidarity within their networks.

 

2014 Updates:

The United States Chargé d'Affaires in India, Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, visited the ARCH Academy of Design in Jaipur on September 4, 2014. Archana organized a Round Table so that Ambassador Stephens could interact with women leaders of Jaipur. It was an enriching experience for everyone.

Following the March 8th Vital Voices Bank of America Global Mentoring Walk, Archana has been engaging with participating mentors to develop a peer mentorship program. They are connected over Whatsapp and meet for dinner and other activites a few times per month. Archana is in the process of formalizing the group, which includes 25 actively engaged mentors.