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Out Professionals is the nation's leading LGBTQ social and business networking organization, founded in 1983. We host events where members make connections and sharpen strategies. With a diverse membership of entrepreneurs, self-employed professionals and corporate executives, Out Professionals hosts panels, celebrity interviews, workshops on business, and personal growth, and informal seminars with leaders in pop culture, commerce, and academia. With close to 1,000 members, Out Professionals is the conduit for gay and lesbian professionals to create their own personal and business networks.

Note that joining the Meetup OP group doesn't necessarily mean you're a dues-paying member of OP. You'll still need to pay the nonmember price to attend our events. You can join OP at out professionals.org/join. If you show up at the event as a nonmember with a member ticket we'll assume you want to join on the spot at the then current price.

To find out more go to: http://www.outprofessionals.org .

To contact us, email info@outprofessionals.org .

Upcoming events (5)

Guided, Virtual LGBTQ Networking with "Power Up" Language Coaching

>>> THIS EVENT IS NOT FREE. PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKET THROUGH EVENTBRITE > https://outprofessionals.org/virtualnetworking <<< Join Out Professionals for quality, virtual networking! We'll be using Zoom Meeting with moderator, Jim Arnoff, leading the group. Experienced at virtual meetings and networking as an entertainment executive and industry coach, Jim will show you the potential of using virtual platforms to network effectively. With the advent of COVID-19, we live in a Zoom world now – and those who master this platform and use it well will stand out in the workplace and business. The votes are in! Comments from our first virtual networking event include, "This was more effective on Zoom than I imagined it could be" and "Wow. I met some great contacts and picked up a better way to explain my business." You'll be guided through networking in a friendly, welcoming virtual environment while putting these networking and pitching skills to work. Practice makes perfect, so you’ll receive constructive advice during the event on how to hone your techniques. Join us for an evening meant for making meaningful connections with other LGBTQ professionals, mastering zoom, and learning to pitch yourself or your next project better! About Your Host and Moderator: Jim Arnoff is a Certified Life/Career/Business Coach to the entertainment industry. Jim is certified by the International Coach Federation and founded the Gay Coaches Collective/NYC which provides pro bono coaching to the LGBT community. Jim Arnoff consults as a talent agent having represented television production companies in developing and selling original programming. As a consultant he shapes pitches, strengthens sizzle reels, and works with producers to launch their own production companies. He practices entertainment law in television, film, and digital. Jim worked at the William Morris Agency as both an in-house lawyer and television packaging agent. He leads workshops for Veterans in Media and Entertainment/East and West Coast, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, U.S. Military Academy, Writers Guild of America/East and West Coast, New York Women in Film & Television, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, NYU Arts & Entertainment Alumni Network, The Actors Fund/East and West, Hollywood Radio & Television Society, Women in Film, AFI, The Filmshop/East and West and Out Professionals. Jim is a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts and teaches "Pitching Your Television Series to the Industry Pros". He is a member of the New York State, New York City, and LGBT Bar Associations.

Getting Unstuck at 40 -- Or Right Now!

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>>> THIS EVENT IS NOT FREE. PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKET THROUGH EVENTBRITE > https://outprofessionals.org/getunstuck <<< Join Certified Executive and Life Coach James Knopf for an interactive workshop, “Getting Unstuck at 40 -- Or Right Now." Timed to kick off your 2020 Fall career planning, Knopf's encore presentation is one of Out Professionals' most popular seminar offerings. This encore will be available as a webinar and recorded for later viewing. You've already established a career, created a circle of friends, entered into long-term relationships. But... along came life and the sudden economic and professional disruptions due to COVID-19. • Now -- uh-oh -- you find yourself at a time of personal or professional unrest. • You feel somehow dislocated ... perhaps even drawn to a different kind of life. • But there are bills to pay, partners to communicate with, perhaps children to educate. • And enough fear, guilt. and stress to make it challenging to create an authentic new life. James Knopf sees these feelings of dislocation as foreshadowing your opportunity to create a new life path. He wants to help you embrace abrupt change as a time to evolve and grow -- an unexpected opportunity to explore untapped passions and express yourself in ways truer to who you are now. This workshop is designed to help you: Get unstuck and become more effective • Identify your goals and take action to achieve them • Enter new arenas, meet new people • Build confidence and eliminate fears • Learn how to ask for help • Build a support network and “play better” in life The goal? Reaching your full personal and professional potential. ------------> About the Speaker: James Knopf is a certified professional Life Coach specializing in career, relationship., and executive coaching. He holds a graduate degree with certification in leadership coaching and team-building from George Washington University, as well as a B.A. in Communications and Sociology from Tulane University. A Business Member of Out Professionals, James has led workshops for American Express, Citigroup, Conde Nast, HBO, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

LGBTQ Professionals in Healthcare - Guided Virtual Networking

>>> THIS EVENT IS NOT FREE. PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKET THROUGH EVENTBRITE > https://outprofessionals.org/healthcarenetworking <<< Make professional connections with LGBTQ professionals in healthcare! Out Pro is taking our established and popular healthcare networking series in Metro New York virtual, welcoming healthcare professionals from across the USA to participate. The evening will be hosted by moderator, Dr. Stuart Bentley-Hibbert from Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Experienced at virtual meetings and networking as a healthcare executive, Stuart will host the evening along with Out Pro Board President, Charlie Conard. Throughout the evening, you'll be guided through networking in a friendly, welcoming virtual environment. Registrants will have the opportunity to share contact information and their LinkedIn profile to other attendees who opt-in. The votes are in! Comments from previous virtual networking events include, "This was more effective on Zoom than I imagined it could be!" and "Wow. I met some great contacts and picked up a better way to explain my business." During the evening, Professor Andrew Lear from Oscar Wilde Tours will join us to discuss the LGBTQ history behind a piece of artwork that includes a healthcare theme. We hope to add other guests to future events to help enrich the evening. Join us for an evening designed to help you make meaningful connections with other LGBTQ healthcare professionals. Along the way, you will learn to master Zoom - the new must-have work skill! About Your Host and Moderator >>>>>>>> Stuart Bentley-Hibbert, MD, PhD, MBA, is Division Chief of Abdominal Imaging & Cardiothoracic Imaging and Associate Professor of Radiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. After graduating from the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine in London, Dr. Bentley-Hibbert’s training continued in the United States with a PhD in Experimental Pathology. His interest and expertise was recognized early, allowing him to serve on faculty while a medical student and resident. After completing both his residency and fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical Center / NewYork Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Bentley-Hibbert dedicated himself to forming a close relationship with other healthcare practitioners to focus in the practice of radiology of the patient and the individual clinical scenario. Acting as division chief, educator and clinician Dr. Bentley-Hibbert’s team comprises of world-leading experts in the field of radiology who place the patient center stage. Dr. Bentley is a strong advocate and champion of workplace diversity. He is a Lifetime Member of Out Professionals and also serves on the Board of Directors.

Wine Night Networking - Home Wine Tasting Class + Virtual Networking

>>> THIS EVENT IS NOT FREE. PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKET THROUGH EVENTBRITE > https://outprofessionals.org/winenightvirtualnetworking <<< How good are your wine tasting skills? Find out during Out Professionals' second online blind tasting webinar. During this virtual event created in partnership with Le Du's Wines, Sommelier Timothy Dillon will take us on a blind wine tasting journey from the convenience of your own home. Residents of Metro New York including the commuting areas of CT and NJ can order the ticket with wine delivery, but everyone is invited to join in, learn about wine, and network during the relaxed, welcoming evening. Picture this: You log in to a Zoom meeting with three covered, mystery half bottles of wine next to you... Throughout the evening, Sommelier Timothy will guide us through a discussion about wine and the flavors in the mystery bottles you are tasting. He will provide a structured way to taste and analyze wine, accompanied by a chart to inform and guide your process during and post-event. The more you understand, decipher, and appreciate the flavor profiles and history of wine, the better the wine tastes! Sante'! We bring the store to you! Le Du's Wines has been the home of Out Professionals' wine tasting and networking series for almost five years. While COVID-19 has disrupted our in-person events, the "show can go on" online. This is the second of our series using Zoom, which has been a critical success. How Virtual Blind Wine Tasting works: Participants will receive three half bottles (two reds and one unique white) of completely wrapped, mystery wines which you will open at the time of the event to taste. After each wine, we'll discuss what was going on in the glass and how to help you understand what you taste, why you taste that, and how to get better at evaluating wine, blind or not. You'll have a chance to take your best guess on the type of wine along with some tie-breaking questions for each vintage. One lucky winner will receive a complimentary bottle of wine from Le Du's Wines. Ticket sales with wine delivery end at 11 pm on Sunday, September 13, to allow time for delivery before the event. About Your Host: Timothy Dillon is a Certified Sommelier with the Sommelier Society of America and has worked in fine wine and spirits for 10 years. At Le Du's Wines, his focuses are Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and sherry. He is available at the shop Tuesday through Saturday and every day by email: [masked]. Le Du's Wines is a long-time supporter of Out Professionals and now offers free delivery in Metro New York.

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