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2014 Jain Leadership Conference

Welcome to the 2014 Jain Leadership Conference from Feb. 21-23! It is an opportunity to participate in innovative leadership sessions with some of the leading Jain entrepreneurial minds to date. It hosted by the JAINA Long Range Planning) Committee (LRP), (Jain Education and Research Foundation (JERF) and Florida International University (FIU). Special guest speakers include Dipak Jain (Dean Emeritus of INSEAD & Marketing Professor) and Bharat Desai.(Chairman and Co-founder, Syntel).

2/21/2014 to 2/23/2014
When: 2/21/2014
From Friday Feb. 21, 5:00 PM to Sunday Feb. 23, 1:00 PM
Where: Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St
Miami, Florida  33174
United States
Contact: Chintan Shah
(608) 217 4807

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Welcome to the 2014 Jain Leadership Conference!

You are cordially invited by:
  • Dr. Dipak Jain (Past Dean of the Kellogg School of Business)
  • Bharat Desai (founder Syntel)
  • JAINA Long Range Planning (LRP) Committee
  • Jain Education and Research Foundation (JERF) and
  • Florida International University (FIU)

Live streaming video by Ustream
February 21-23, 2014

This conference will bring together leaders from the Jain community, Jain Centers, education and business. This conference is hosted by JAINA LRP (Long Range Planning Committee), JERF (Jain Education and Research Foundation) and FIU (Florida International University).

Together with community leaders, noted guest speakers Dipak Jain and Bharat Desai will provide guidance and direction in supporting the goals of the each organization. The objective of the conference

The objective for the conference is to create the future of Living and Sharing a Jain Way of Life in North America.

To meet the above objective, conference attendees will collaborate on:

  1. Education – To share our vision and goals for the next 20 years
  2. Teams – New groups and partnerships to implement initiatives
  3. Tools – Access to a wealth of resources (web platform, finances, contacts, access to JAIN office/committees)for implementation of our vision
  4. Direction To nurture a Jain Way of Life that is socially responsible.


Registration Details:


Registration Cost: $65

Hotel Information cost: $159 per night - double occupancy.

Courtyard Miami West/FL Turnpike

11580 Nw 105th St

Miami, FL, 33178

Phone: (305) 500-9600

Group Discount: Reserve your room with the group name: Jain Leadership Conference

If you will be reserving a single room or will be sharing with someone you already know, please make your own reservations by phone.

If you would like to share a room and need a roommate, please let us know by emailing Chintan Shah at We will help you to coordinate room shares in advance of the conference.


Note for all Young Adult Leaders
(ages 18-24)

A limited number of sponsored spaces are available. If you would like to attend and request sponsorship, please contact us immediately.

Join us to create the future we want for Jainism and JAINA in North America. Please RSVP today or contact for any questions or concerns:

Chintan Shah at or call (608) 217 4807.

PLEASE REGISTER ON-LINE TODAY by clicking on the RSVP link above
Featured speakers:

Dipak Jain

Dean Emeritus of INSEAD and Marketing Professor

Mr. Jain served as Dean of INSEAD from May 2011 to March 2013 and became Marketing Professor in March 2013. Dean Emeritus of Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, from September 2009 to May 2011, Sandy and Morton Goldman Professor in Entrepreneurial Studies and Professor of Marketing since September 2009 and 1994 to July 2001, Dean from July 2001 through August 2009, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from July 1996 to June 2001 (Educational institution).
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Bharat Desai

Chairman and Co-founder, Syntel

Born in Kenya and raised in India, Bharat Desai attended the revered Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai and moved to the U.S. as a programmer for Tata Consultancy Services in 1976. Four years later, he founded Syntel with his wife Neerja Sethi while earning his M.B.A. from University of Michigan. Started as a bootstrap operation with $2,000, the IT consulting and outsourcing company went public in 1997, and it now employs over 21,000 people around the world.
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Conference Agenda

Friday - Feb. 21, 2014

Saturday - Feb 22, 2014

Sunday - Feb 23, 2014


Friday – Feb 21, 2014

Our Shared Vision

Preparing for Tomorrow


Saturday – Feb 22, 2014

Session 1 – Jainism Today

Jainism Long Range Planning - Past / Present / Future

Presidential Remarks

Ice Breaker – Let Us Establish Your Vision

How we would execute our Vision

Session 2 – Jainism in Second Generation

How can you take charge of and influence the direction in which we go?

Future of Tomorrow

Elevator Pitch – How to Deliver a 30 Second Pitch

Session 3 – Jainism Tomorrow (Parallel Tracks)

LRP Session - Young Adult Perspectives

FIU Session - Opportunities for youth in rural USA

Session 4 – Shaping the Landscape (Parallel Tracks)

LRP Session - 1-On-1 with a Mentor with a Follow-up Roundtable

FIU Session - Why Jainism

Session 5 – Responsible Jainism

Success and Jainism

Success in a Larger Sense (the circles of happiness

Success in Careers (visible success):

Spiritual Entrepreneurship (make your success significant):

Developing Future Leaders

How do we now accomplish this? What are the obstacles we must overcome?

How can Jain Studies at FIU help: Online courses, Academic touch, Authenticity, Research?

Pros and Cons of Conventional versus Non-Conventional Careers. How a non-conventional approach can make an impact on Jainism as it will be practiced in N.A.

Sunday – Feb 23, 2014

Session 6 – SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis

What if tomorrow we received a $3 Million Dollar Grant?

Session 7 – Focus on Youth (Parallel Tracks)

FIU - Why FIU/JERF Focus on Youth Development

LRP – 10 Minute Take Aways

Session 8 – Summary

Wrap-up and Journey Ahead (Action Plans)

Please sign up at, by clicking the button below or contact Chintan Shah by email at or call (608) 217 4807 or Dr. Manoj Jain by email at or call (901) 240 2602.


Here is what previous JAINA Leadership Conference attendees have said:

  • "This was one of the best planned conferences I have attended."
  • "I did not know there were so many free tools and support available from JAINA and its Committees to help our community."
  • "Educating and strengthening Leadership will greatly benefit me not only on Jain projects but in my work place as well.”
  • "I have learned a great deal on how to execute on my Jain projects from my small center."


Thank you,

JAINA Long Range Planning, JERF and FIU Leadership Planning Team


Dipak Doshi (IL)Manoj Jain (TN)
Kirti Jain (KY)Prem Jain (CA)
Sapan Bafna (FL)Yogendra Jain (MA)
Chintan Shah (MA)Sushil Jain (VA)



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