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Upcoming events

    • 27 Feb 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Shamrock Bar, 117 W Main St, Madison, WI 53703

    Mix & Mingle Featuring
    Community Shares of Wisconsin

    Date: Thursday, February 27

    Time: 5:00-7:00pm

    Location: Shamrock Bar & Grille, 117 West Main

    Food! Fun! Networking!

    Join OPEN and Community Shares at Shamrock Bar & Grille Thursday, February 27 from 5:00-7:00pm for a Networking Event! Come and learn more about OPEN and our members!  Meet outstanding LGBTQ+ individuals in the Madison community!

    The event is free for members and for non-members. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

    Our February networking event is sponsored by Community Shares of Wisconsin.  

    Community Shares of Wisconsin advances the work of 70 local nonprofit organizations collectively working to build a safe, just, and sustainable community where everyone can thrive. Through innovative partnerships and programs, Community Shares makes it easy for people to make lasting change in our community by giving to the causes they care about. On March 3rd, 2020 they’ll celebrate their 6th annual The Big Share™. The Big Share is an annual online giving day that raises funds for local social justice nonprofits, including many LGBTQ nonprofits. 

    • 13 Mar 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive

    Join OPEN For Our


    Friday, March 13th

    at Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive


    We invite you to join OPEN for our historic 11th Annual Dinner, a celebration of the work that OPEN has accomplished in networking with, building the development of, and advocating for LGBTQ+ individuals in our community. We have reached some key milestones in OPEN’s history in 2019 including holding a record number of events that engaged a broader base of the local LGBTQ+ community, reached a record number of members in our 11-year history, and began the important work of advocating for our community members.

    This year we are pleased to welcome local LGBTQ+ advocate, former local board member, and co-chair of our Engagement Commitee, Sandy Eichel as our main speaker. Sandy Eichel is a Wealth Management Advisor, international speaker and a diversity and inclusion consultant. Sandy speaks at corporate functions, professional conferences and diversity summits across North America and Europe. Sandy is passionate about transforming the corporate cultures to be more inclusive of women, people of color and the LGBTQ+ community. Several magazines and newspapers, including a November 2017 edition of the Wall Street Journal and Forbes in April of 2019, have published feature articles about Sandy and their work. Sandy was on the board of OPEN for six and a half years and is excited about helping to create more inclusion and to break down silos in the Madison LGBTQ+ community.Sandy devotes additional time to raising money for various charities, which lead them to create a non profit initiative to benefit underprivileged elementary students here in Madison.

    Sandy will share a part of their journey of finding their own authenticity and inspire listeners to dig deeper in their own, while developing skills to be more inclusive of others in our community. With humor and enthusiasm, Sandy breaks down simple ways that we can all be better allies to each other and build a stronger, more inclusive Madison.

    We will also honor the 2019 OPEN Community Grant Recipient, GSAFE and award the 2020 OPEN Community Grant Recipient
    and announce the  OPEN Community Advocate Award Winner.

    Details on Annual Dinner Sponsorship opportunities click HERE

    Schedule of events:

    Networking: 5:30-6:30 

    Dinner: 6:30-7:00 

    Program: 7:00-8:00 

    Networking/Music: 8:00-9:00 

    After Dinner Sponsor-Shamrock: 8:30-late

    Cost: Member-$65 l Non-member-$100

    Dinner includes a choice of either Chicken Marsala or Vegetable Strudel. 

    Please specify Dietary Restrictions

    Registration Deadline: March 4th

Past events

12 Dec 2019 Join OPEN for the Holidays!
20 Nov 2019 Member Appreciation Party - Thanks & Giving
06 Nov 2019 We're Better Together - Joint Networking
24 Oct 2019 Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials
17 Oct 2019 Mix & Mingle with Delta Beer Lab
03 Oct 2019 Building Bridges, Partnership for Change
18 Sep 2019 Striving to Thrive: Embracing All of the Colors of the Rainbow
29 Aug 2019 YP Real Talk: My Path Thru My Lenz
28 Aug 2019 Network Outing at the Pitch
08 Aug 2019 Mix & Mingle with Tangent
24 Jul 2019 Cruise on Lake Monona with OPEN
11 Jul 2019 OPEN at the Madison Mallards
13 Jun 2019 Wisconsin LGBT Chamber's Pride Business Showcase
16 May 2019 UW Credit Union Financial Management Seminar
04 Apr 2019 Mix & Mingle with Eno Vino
15 Mar 2019 OPEN's 10th Annual Dinner
21 Feb 2019 Mix & Mingle Featuring Community Shares
29 Jan 2019 Mayoral Candidate Meet & Greet
13 Dec 2018 OPEN Holiday Party
14 Nov 2018 Member Appreciation Party - Thanks & Giving
18 Oct 2018 Mix & Mingle with Vicki Wagener Agency
25 Sep 2018 Feedback Across Lines of Difference
13 Sep 2018 Mix & Mingle with Madison Tap at Robinia Courtyard
19 Aug 2018 Pre-Pride Parade Brunch Reception
19 Jul 2018 Mix & Mingle With Old National Bank
10 Jul 2018 OPEN at Madison Mallards
26 Jun 2018 Wisconsin Public Television Pride Month Tour
20 Jun 2018 Mix & Mingle with Wisconsin Brewing Company
22 May 2018 How to Be a Social Media Rock Star
16 May 2018 Mix & Mingle at Working Draft Beer Company
10 May 2018 May Culture Community with OPEN
26 Apr 2018 Mix & Mingle at FIVE Nightclub
19 Apr 2018 Creating a True “Self” Image with Didi King
22 Mar 2018 Mix & Mingle at Eno Vino
09 Mar 2018 OPEN's 9th Annual Dinner
08 Feb 2018 Mix & Mingle Featuring Community Shares
18 Jan 2018 Mix & Mingle Featuring Zendesk ERG
09 Nov 2017 OPEN Membership Appreciation Party
02 Nov 2017 Fitchburg Chamber Annual Joint Networking Event
19 Oct 2017 OPEN Art Exhibit and Networking Event
13 Sep 2017 The LGBTQ Professional in the Trump Era
20 Aug 2017 Pre-Pride Parade Continental Brunch
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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OPEN provides education and information resources regarding issues of gender and sexual diversity and other issues of professional concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ) individuals who live in the Madison and Dane County, Wisconsin area. 

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