Ed can't his cake and eat it too.
The upside of SA is that it is beholden to no organization. It can be irresponsible, impolitic, juvenile, rude and honest. This is a useful role.
But it is not reasonable to expect that SA would be invited to panel discussions amoung the earnest, well meaning, responsible adults who have to avoid burning bridges, who must compromise, and who labor in obscurity within the confines of an organizational structure. Those people are also valuable, but they are necessarily going to be irritated by SA. That tension and even antagonism shows that SA is doing its job.
If SA does start getting invited to such events, and actually attends, it will be the first sign that the process of cooptation has begun.
And following that, some new insurgent movement would arise, as dismissive of SA, as SA is of US Sailing.