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 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.

SSLA is designed to provide necessary organizational training to volunteers to assist their efforts.  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 days, the program teaches the following in a classroom environment:

  • Leadership
  • Governance and Board
  • Strengthening the Governance Team
  • Successful Board Meetings
  • 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
HO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE SSLA PROGRAM?

Board members, Committee Chairs and other NAEA members in good standing who have demonstrated strong leadership qualities. For example, someone who has a strong volunteer and engagement history in an affiliation. Or, someone who shows potential to work at the national level. Each applicant is required to submit a bio and recommendation letter from an affiliate or chapter board member.

WHAT DOES THE SSLA REGISTRATION FEE COVER?

We are currently planning future SSLA programming. Please come back for more details about the November 2019 SSLA training.

WHEN IS THE NEXT SSLA?

We are currently planning future SSLA programming. Please come back for more details about the November 2019 SSLA training.

APPLICATIONS

Classes are purposefully kept small (15-20 participants). We look forward to high attendance at the next Academy.