We wish to acknowledge that ICOET 2023 is taking place on the unceded territories of the traditional custodians of the N’dakinna (en-DAH-kee-NAH), the Western Abenaki (A-ben-A-kee), and, in the southwest corner, the Mahican (məˈhi-kən) peoples. We wish to recognize the generations of traditional custodians who have lived in and derived their physical and spiritual needs from the forests, grasslands, seas, rivers, lakes and streams of Vermont for time immemorial. We pay respect to their elders past and present. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in the bounty of this place and to protect it at all costs. While we cannot undo what has been done before, we can acknowledge what has happened and strive to lead in a different way to inspire, reward and celebrate reconciliation across our organization and the community. As we respect and acknowledge the past we can enthusiastically embrace what the future can bring by walking together, working together, celebrating together and leading our organization and the community to an inspired future for all.