This conference is the prominent vehicle for professional nursing educators in academic, entrepreneurial, continuing education and staff development positions to strengthen their roles through learning, sharing and networking. The sponsorship for the conference has changed over time. It was initiated by a dedicated group of continuing educators, then the American Nurses Association council on continuing education and staff development joined sponsorship. Now it is an itinerant conference sponsored by colleges and universities and medical centers around the country. The overarching goal of excellence in all aspects of professional nursing education has remained throughout. Participants have been rejuvenated and armed with specific plans for action in their own work environments by attending this conference.