Schuldiner/Smollan Leadership Academy


The Schuldiner/Smollan Leadership Academy is named for the two primary forces behind the creation of the National Association of Enrolled Agents; Syd Schuldiner, EA, served as NAEA’s first president in 1972 and David Smollan, EA, served as the second president in 1973.  Both were instrumental in establishing the founding chapter dedicated to enrolled agents in Los Angeles, CA, which eventually became NAEA.  In 1987, Schuldiner received the NAEA Founders Award.

Upon his passing in 2006, Syd Schuldiner left a significant gift to NAEA in the name David Smollan, EA.  In keeping with Schuldiner’s desire to strengthen the organization, the board of directors used his bequest to establish the Schuldiner/Smollan Memorial Fund and to launch the Schuldiner/Smollan Leadership Academy.  The Leadership Academy trains volunteers for success as leaders of NAEA at the local chapter, state affiliate, and national level.

The design of the program provides necessary organizational training to volunteers to assist their efforts at the chapter, affiliate, and national levels.  Limited enrollment of attendees is purposefully maintained during each session to ensure each attendee receives the type of care and attention that ensure success.  In two and a half days, the program teaches the following in a classroom environment:

  • Leadership
  • Governance and Board
  • Strengthening the Governance Team
  • How to run a successful Board Meeting
  • Committees and Task Forces
  • Financial Oversight
  • Strategic Planning
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Government Relations and Advocacy
  • Education and Meeting Planning
  • Membership
  • The Future of NAEA

In addition to expert instruction, the attendees break out into smaller groups for a series of practical exercises that replicate real life situations.  Following completion of the program, attendees select a project to complete at the local organization.

The Schuldiner/Smollan Leadership Academy is a true partnership between NAEA and attendees.  NAEA covers the cost of materials, hotel accommodations and most meals during the training.  Attendees pay a $250 registration fee and often the state organizations offset some of the cost when requested by interested parties.

The next scheduled academy is November 2014 in Orlando.   If you'd like to attend, please complete this application

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