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. 


2022 Schuldiner Smollan Leadership Academy – In Person! 

September 27 – 28, 2022

Pittsburgh, PA

Register now to attend SSLA in person on September 27 – 28 in Pittsburgh, PA. The Schuldiner Smollan Leadership Academy’s curriculum has been expanded to include training that can be applied to many aspects of your professional and personal activities. It’s designed for current or aspiring leaders looking to hone their skills and build a strong network of NAEA peers. The event includes two half days of training, plus a fun networking event! This program is open to all members, but space is limited.

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