The Schuldiner/Smollan Leadership Academy (SSLA) 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 of 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, state, and national levels.


This program is open to any NAEA member who wants to learn more about member engagement and leadership at the affiliate and national level. This member only program, presented by an esteemed group of NAEA leaders and Board Source certified instructors, will help guide and prepare you for leadership at both the state and national levels, as well as provide an opportunity to network with members from across the country. 



The 2021 SSLA program is being offered to all members at no cost. 



This year’s SSLA program will be a four-part webinar series offered online.  2021 SSLA schedule for this year is as follows:

Tuesday, October 19, 1:00 PM –3:00 PM ET 

SSLA Part One: How Can Leaders Assist with Member Engagement? 

In session you’ll hear from NAEA leadership about why they got involved, what  member engagement is, how to be a peer leader, and how to engage in peer-to-peer interactions.   

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 1:00 PM –3:00 PM ET 

SSLA Part Two: Volunteerism at the Local Level (and Throughout NAEA) 

In this session you’ll learn about the many volunteer opportunities at NAEA, as well as how to identify, recruit, train, and recognize volunteers. You’ll also learn more about NAEA’s efforts to support diversity, equity, and inclusion how to incorporate this into all levels of engagement.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 1:00 PM –3:00 PM ET 

SSLA Part Three: Communications at all Levels of NAEA 

In this session you’ll learn about the various communications and meeting options and how to leverage them for meaningful member engagement. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 1:00 PM –3:00 PM ET 

SSLA Part Four: Member Engagement for the Unaffiliated (and Associated Lessons for Affiliates)  

In this session you’ll learn about the NAEA affiliate structure and strategies to get involved and engage other members whether you are part of a state affiliate or not.  


Don’t miss this opportunity to build your leadership skills. Register today!

There is no CE for this event.