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Upcoming events

    • 20 Aug 2017
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Red Elephant Chocolate | 119 State Street

    Pre-Pride Parade Continental Brunch right on the Pride parade route, featuring a light brunch of various chocolate specialties including chocolate covered bacon! Each guest receives one mimosa with registration, additional available for purchase. 

    Red Elephant Chocolate specializes in premium, handcrafted chocolates featuring artistic truffles, caramels, figures, gift boxes and also selections made with the world’s rarest, single-origin chocolate. Located just off the square of the Wisconsin State Capitol Building, the State Street café offers a charming seating area in a picturesque urban setting where guests can relax and enjoy chocolates, ice creams and unique beverages like REAL Hot Chocolate and healthy Cocoa Bean Tea. For those looking for “an experience you’ll never forget,” Red Elephant Chocolate offers classes, tastings and is a perfect venue for parties and events.

    Guests in attendance will receive 10% off Red Elephant Chocolate purchases.

    Cost:  Members: Free; Non-members: $15

    Registration Deadline: August 14, 2017

    • 13 Sep 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • The Madison Club, 5 East Wilson Street

    Marriage equality became the law of the land in 2015. While that was a huge step forward for the LGBTQ community, it was only one step along the journey to full lived equality. Join us to learn about the current political climate in the Trump Era, what is happening on the federal, state and local level, and how that impacts LGBTQ professionals in the area. Joining us to talk about this will be Jason Rae, executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

    Jason Rae is the founder and executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, an organization of more than 500 LGBT owned and allied businesses from around the state. Rae founded the organization in 2012 and has seen it grow to record numbers and achievements, including winning the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber of the Year award in 2015. Prior to his work at the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber, Rae served as a senior associate at a public affairs consulting firm in Milwaukee, WI where he focused on non-profit management, corporate communications, and political campaigns. Rae holds an Honors Bachelors of Arts degree from Marquette University in history and political science. He presently lives in Milwaukee’s historic Bay View neighborhood with his husband, Phillip, and their dog, George Washington.

    Registration opens at 7:00am, program begins at 8:00am and includes a breakfast buffet. Registration deadline is September 6.

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    • 19 Oct 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Winnebago Studios, 2046 Winnebago Street

    Enjoy an evening networking with OPEN at one of Madison's finest art studios. Eric Baillies is opening his studio for an evening of wine, cheese boards from Fromagination and a demonstration of tintype art. 

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    Eric creates photographs using the historical antique process known as tintypes. The process was invented by Fredrick Scott Archer in 1851, and is a wet plate process in which the image is prepared, exposed and developed while the plate is still wet, taking about 10-15 minutes to complete start to finish. The result is a one-of-a-kind, direct positive, which is varnished, cannot be reproduced and will last hundreds of years.

    During the event, Eric will demonstrate the tintype process. Attendees will have the chance to win a tintype of their own and will receive a discount on future private tintype bookings. 

    Thursday, October 19 from 5:30-7:30pm at  Winnebago Studios, 2046 Winnebago Street. Parking is located behind the building and on the street.

    Members: Free l Non-members: $15

    Registration Deadline: August 14, 2017

Past events

20 Jul 2017 OPEN Brewery Tour & Networking at Wisconsin Brewing Co
13 Jul 2017 LGBT+ Discrimination & the Psychological Impact
07 Jun 2017 OPEN at the Madison Mallards
24 May 2017 Breakfast with OPEN: How to Communicate Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Part 2
12 Apr 2017 Change Golf Instruction Golf Class and Networking
10 Mar 2017 OPEN Annual Dinner, Presented by Madison Gas & Electric (MG&E)
16 Feb 2017 Networking Kick-Off Event at Shamrock Bar
15 Dec 2016 HEAT UP the Holidays Party with OPEN
03 Nov 2016 OPEN Workshop: How to Communicate About Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
14 Oct 2016 Q Night Out with OPEN: Featuring "Commander" by Mario Correa
22 Sep 2016 OPEN's Annual Member Appreciation Party
21 Aug 2016 Pre-Pride Brunch
16 Jun 2016 Cruise On Lake Monona
19 May 2016 Breakfast with OPEN: Why Philanthropy in the LGBTQ Community is Critical
07 Apr 2016 OPEN Entrepreneur Session: Growing and Supporting LGBTQ-Owned Businesses
04 Feb 2016 2016 Annual Dinner, Presented by First Business Bank
17 Dec 2015 Annual HEAT UP the Holidays Party
05 Nov 2015 Workshop: 'How to REALLY Network' (New! Member Appreciation Gift)
08 Oct 2015 Member Appreciation Party: A Night at MMoCA
09 Aug 2015 Pride Brunch with OPEN Madison
18 Jul 2015 Dog Days of Summer with Spa Woof
10 Jun 2015 OPEN's Annual Betty Lou Cruise
14 May 2015 Breakfast with OPEN: Featuring Sheri Swokowski
26 Mar 2015 Networking Event: Meet the Candidates
05 Feb 2015 OPEN Madison's Annual Dinner
11 Dec 2014 HEAT UP the Holidays Party
12 Nov 2014 2014 Workplace Summit: Presented by OPEN Madison
23 Oct 2014 An Evening @ Winnebago Studios
25 Sep 2014 OPEN New Member Appreciation & Networking Event
09 Jul 2014 OPEN's Annual Betty Lou Cruise
22 May 2014 Breakfast with OPEN
20 Mar 2014 2014 Networking Kick-off Event
06 Feb 2014 5th Annual OPEN Dinner
01 Nov 2013 Artist Opening & Networking Event
23 Oct 2013 OPEN's LGBTQ Career Fair
19 Sep 2013 New Member Welcome & Networking Event
11 Jun 2013 OPEN's Annual Betty Lou Cruise
21 May 2013 “Retaining LGBT Professionals” Discussion and Networking Breakfast
08 Mar 2013 Dracula: A Rock Ballet at the Overture Center
20 Feb 2013 Speed Networking & New Member Welcome
31 Jan 2013 Fourth Annual OPEN Dinner presented by US Bank
15 Nov 2012 Edgewood Gallery Event presented by Edgewood College
06 Oct 2012 OPEN Career Fair presented by JP Morgan Chase
20 Sep 2012 Networking Event at HotelRED
15 Jul 2012 Networking for Billy Elliot - PRE SHOW ONLY
15 Jul 2012 Billy Elliot Production at the Overture Center
12 Jun 2012 Betty Lou Cruise
19 Apr 2012 OPEN/NGLCC Affiliation Kick-off Breakfast
08 Mar 2012 Member Appreciation / Networking Happy Hour
31 Jan 2012 Third Annual OPEN Dinner Celebration
17 Nov 2011 Come OUT to the Theater
19 Oct 2011 Member Appreciation / Networking Happy Hour
17 Sep 2011 OPEN Workplace Summit
21 Aug 2011 OPEN Brunch prior to Wisconsin Capitol Pride
19 Jul 2011 Betty Lou Cruise
15 Jun 2011 OPEN Happy Hour
11 May 2011 OPEN Breakfast Program
20 Apr 2011 OPEN Happy Hour
28 Oct 2010 OPEN Health Care Breakfast
21 Sep 2010 OPEN Arts Showcase and Networking Event
18 Aug 2010 OPEN Networking Event: Pride Kickoff Happy Hour
21 Jul 2010 Betty Lou Cruise
10 Jun 2010 Building Leaders with Cultural Competency
22 May 2010 Dick Wagner's Pink Plaque Tour
28 Apr 2010 OPEN Networking Event: Brickhouse BBQ Happy Hour
10 Mar 2010 OPEN Annual Dinner
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