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Upcoming events

    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 6:35 PM
    • Madison Mallards, 2920 N Sherman Avenue
    • 12

    We're back in the duck blind Thursday, July 11 as the Madison Mallards take on the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders. The game starts at 6:35pm; gates open at 5:30pm so come early to score a table. Your ticket price includes unlimited ballpark food, soda and alcoholic drinks (be sure to select the appropriate ticket price if you would like alcohol) through the 7th inning. Registration closes July 2 but don't wait because space is limited!

    By registering to this event you agree to our Code of Conduct.

    • 24 Jul 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Lake Monona


    Join us Wednesday, July 24th from 6:30pm-8:30pm on the Pontoon Porch! We will have an array of appetizers, wine, beer, and NA beverages for all to enjoy. Come mix and mingle with other OPEN Members. We also encourage non members to sign up and partake in the fun. There will be plenty of food, beverages, and sun to go around.

    Please arrive at 6:00pm so we can launch at 6:30pm

    Parking is available in the Monona Terrace parking ramp

    Members are $25 and Non members are $35

    • 08 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Tangent, 803 East Washington Avenue

    Mix & Mingle with Tangent

    When: Thursday, August 8 from 5:00-7:00pm

    Where: Tangent, 803 East Washington Avenue

    There will be no official program, just networking plain and simple. Feel free to drop in when you can and leave when you're ready.


    Come see what OPEN has to offer and make new friends in the process! We look forward to seeing you there!

    Free for Members and Non Members 

    No registration deadline!

    By registering to this event you agree to our Code of Conduct.



    • 28 Aug 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Breese Stevens Field, 917 East Mifflin Street

    Join OPEN for a

    Network Outing at the Pitch

    When: Wednesday, August 28, 5:30-9:00pm

    Where: Breese Stevens Field, 917 E Mifflin st

    OPEN celebrates the inaugural season of Forward, Madison's professional soccer team. Enjoy networking and an exciting game in a beer garden-like setting. Admission gets you unlimited food, soda, water and three beers or glasses of wine per person. Register now, space is limited.

    Members: $22 | Non-members: $45

    Pick up tickets/network - 5:30

    (OPEN will have a table where you may pick up your tickets)

    Game starts - 7:00

    Game ends - 9:00

Past events

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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Mail us: PO Box 1646 Madison WI 53701

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Call us: (608) 561-3849

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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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