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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.

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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.

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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.


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

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