I am so excited and honored to be one of the featured speakers at the 65th Annual Missouri Botanical Garden Symposium. This year the symposium’s theme is Biota of North America: what we know, what we don’t know and what we are loosing. It is a great line-up of invited speakers. The symposium will be held at the Missouri Botanical Garden October 12-13, 2018. The Flora of North America Editorial Board Meeting will be held the next day.