Jain Networking Forum (JNF) is designed for Jains between the ages of 21-29 and has the goal of fostering professional and social relationships. It provides attendees the opportunity to meet similar minded individuals through interactive daytime sessions, while creating lasting connections with Jains that are successful in a variety of careers. Additionally, our unique social events will allow attendees to relax, mingle, and have an unforgettable experience this July at #yja18. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at jnf.chi@yja.org. We’re excited to see you in Chicago this July!

JNF Programming Highlights
  • Return of the popular JNF-only keynote address! There are also many JNF-only sessions which will cater to your personal and professional developmental needs.
  • New this year is a special networking hour for JNF attendees to mingle and interact with speakers. In addition, we have incorporated numerous opportunities to meet new people during daytime sessions such as JNetworkingF and our community service activity, Calling All Superheroes!
  • Unique, engaging, and fun nighttime events with the whaddaYJAknow: Trivia Night and All of the Lights mixers and the Enchanted Garden formal dinner designed to facilitate meaningful connections!

JNF Keynote Speaker

Ashwani Jain

Ashwani Jain is a first generation American, the son of small business owners, a former appointee with the Obama-Biden Administration, a 15-year cancer survivor and an At-Large candidate for the Montgomery County (Maryland) Council.

A political organizer and coalition builder, Ashwani has experience working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, as well as extensive political advocacy experience. His long-term goal is to engage more Americans in the political process and ensure our political institutions are more representative, responsive, inclusive and accountable.

During the Obama-Biden Administration, Ashwani served in several roles including HHS Associate Director of External Affairs, Director of Outreach for the Cancer Moonshot Project, and Deputy White House Liaison at HUD. He also ran grassroots campaigns and programs to help organize Montgomery County. As a cancer survivor, Ashwani serves as a volunteer Wish Grantor and Wish Ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic.

Ashwani holds a Master’s in Political Management from the George Washington University, as well as dual B.S. degrees in Business Management and Political Science from the University of Maryland.

Daytime Events

Continuing the Conversation

We’re excited to offer JNF attendees the opportunity to meet our incredible Convention speakers at Continuing the Conversation! Grab a mocktail and some snacks as you ask more questions about a really interesting session topic, a speaker’s professional career, or a fellow attendee’s path to their current job. If you are looking for some wisdom from your Jain peers, stop by this event to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Convention weekend and make some new connections.

Calling All Superheroes

Mahatma Gandhi once said, "The best way to find yourself is in the service of others." The aim of this session is to provide JNF Superheros with a unique opportunity to give back to the community! We will be decorating t-shirts and creating comic books to brighten the day of young patients in local community children's hospitals. Come prepared to tap into your creative side for a good cause!

Not Your Typical Icebreakers

Did you know that the person sitting next to you on the bus from the airport is a competitive skydiver? That the person ahead of you in the registration line has been to every continent? That the person who held the elevator door open runs two startups? Start off your Convention experience with icebreakers that replace boring questions with interactive games to help you get to know what your fellow attendees are really into (without repeating the same “fun fact” over and over again).


This year JNF is hosting a unique combination of speed networking that will allow you to form meaningful connections! Whether you're looking for a life partner or want to expand your professional network, we have you covered! Everyone can choose one of the 4 options: 1) Speed Dating (Serious), 2) Speed Dating (Casual), 3) Make New Friends, 4) LinkedIn Premium (Professional Networking)!

Daytime Sessions

This year’s sessions will be centered around 5 main themes - Jain Education, Lifestyle, Career & Networking, Diversity & Inclusion, and Current Events & Social Issues. See our daytime programming page for more info! Also be sure to visit our sessions and speakers pages to see the 128 amazing speakers who will be leading 184 exciting sessions!

Nighttime Events


“Billy Goat’s Black Cat”—A trivia night playing on two of Chicago sports’ most infamous curses welcomes JNF attendees to try their luck and show off their knowledge on all things ChiTown, Sports, Jainism, and more. After the talent show, Represent your favorite sports team for some competitive fun!

All of the Lights

Sweet home Chicago! YJA comes back to where it all began. Come enjoy a celebration of Chicago, from some of its own! This event will showcase the best our city has to offer: incredible music, delicious food, and surprises from our favorite hometown stars. Hang out with other JNF attendees following Garba in the Galaxy, and experience flashlights, spotlights, strobe lights, street lights...All of the Lights, All of the Lights!

Enchanted Garden

Join fellow JNF attendees for an enchanting evening among the illuminated gardens! Delight in delicious Indian fare and capture memories from this exquisite event. Come dressed in Western formal attire and be sure to enjoy the lush landscape before the night turns into a Windy Wonderland!

JNF Programming Team

Your 2018 JNF Team consists of Avish Jain (OH), Michelle Shah (IL), and Neesha Daulat (CA). Working with them are the JNF subcommittee members listed below!

Avish Jain (OH)

Michelle Shah (IL)

Neesha Daulat (CA)

Adit Shah (NY)

Anjali Doshi (NY)

Hemali Shah (IL)

Hetali Lodaya (MI)

Megha Vipani (VA)

Mili Shah (SC)

Purvi Shah (CT)

Ronak Shah (IL)

Sonal Chatter (MA)

Please note that JNF programming is subject to change.