we see you. we hear you. we celebrate you.
Out Professional Engagement Network, or OPEN, is a Madison-based non-profit that welcomes all LGBTQIA2S+ humans and allied individuals. We are community-centered and career-driven individuals who are committed to building equitable and inclusive experiences, workplaces, events and opportunities within the LGBTQIA2S+ community.
OPEN members are redefining what it means to be a professional. Oftentimes, trying to be professional affects our appearance, behavior, educational background and job title. OPEN rejects this concept of professionalism as it relates to systems of patriarchy, racism and elitism. Instead, we see everyone who shows up and engages in a career as a professional. Whether you are working in hospitality, healthcare, arts, trades, retail, administrative, education or beyond, you are a professional and we welcome you at OPEN.
Thank you to our sponsors, LGBTQIA2S+ organizations, and allied workplaces who have used their resources and influence to help further OPEN’s mission of inclusivity and advance LGBTQIA2S+ equity in the workplace.
who we are. who we want to be.
OPEN started in 2006 as a grassroots effort by Madison-area LGBT leaders. Originally named Out Professional Executive Network, the group has repositioned itself to Out Professional Engagement Network to intentionally include everyone in the workforce.
OPEN'S work towards a diverse, inclusive community continues. It will grow with the help of professionals like you.
OPEN believes in demonstrating personal and professional leadership as stewards of an inclusive community where all are equal and valued.
OPEN welcomes diverse LGBTQ+ and allied professionals to share perspectives and experiences in connecting, developing, and building a vibrant community.
OPEN is a completely volunteer-run Board of Directors and organization. We show up because we want to create equitable and inclusive workplaces for all LGBTQIA2S+ individuals.
If you have passion for building community and inclusive workplaces, we need you! Our Events and Membership Committees are always looking for passionate individuals to contribute ideas, identities and innovation to make OPEN better.
what our members say...
"I joined OPEN to be in the same space with like-minded individuals. It's a special feeling to be accepted and celebrated for exactly who you are!"