Quality professionals need to continually improve and emerge as leaders in their respective industries. One way to gain a competitive edge is through ongoing professional development. The ASQ 2008 World Conference on Quality and Improvement provides a myriad of improvement opportunities. More than 90 breakout sessions are planned ranging from topics on business excellence, knowledge transfer, generational diversity, virtual universes and innovation application. Also on tap are featured speakers – Patrick Townsend, Glenn Walters and Michael Stanleigh. A snapshot of sessions include: The Cost of Less Than Perfect; Driving Excellence Through Corporate Culture; Buzzwords or a New Reality for Quality Leaders?; Building Virtual, Global Work Teams; Applying Lean Six Sigma to Environmental Management; Product Safety, Warnings and Recalls; Strategy Deployment for Optimizing Lean Six Sigma.