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“OPEN is the first public space where I came out as transgender. When I engaged with OPEN as a newly out trans person, I felt completely safe and welcome. The support and acceptance I felt was so valuable to me.”

The Need to Impact!

You no doubt understand the pressing need for inclusion and welcoming of all in the workplace, particularly LGBTQIA2S+ individuals when more than 40% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people and almost 90% of transgender people have experienced employment discrimination, harassment or mistreatment.

We have work to do to ensure safe work environments for LGBTQIA2S+ individuals.

We invite you to team up with us to help make a difference. By donating, you will help ensure access to impactful networking, support, and professional development to our community.

We recognize that there is still work to be done to ensure truly inclusive workplaces, so next year, we are ready to:​

Provide monthly professional development and networking opportunities for early to mid-career individuals.

Advocate on behalf of the LGBTQIA2S+ community to ensure safe and accepting workplaces throughout Dane County including; increased representation, better workplace policies, and growing LGBTQIA2S+ leadership.

Build a welcoming and affirming online community that connects LGBTQIA2S+ individuals with new professional opportunities.

Partner with college campus centers, student organizations, and LGBTQIA2S+ Employee Resource Groups to expand career networks and workplace equity education.

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We can not do this work alone and need companies like yours to be co-conspirators, advocates, and allies to the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

One last quote we want to share with you is from a member who recently told us,

 

"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!"

 

We couldn’t agree more.

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.

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We are always looking for partners and those that want to collaborate further. Have an idea?  Reach out!