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Open Conference

OPEN Conference is more than just a conference: it’s a real-life community of business leaders and experts from all over Europe who are determined to act on diversity and inclusion and trigger positive change on a large scale.

In 2019, we introduced the OPEN Spotlight Award to honor companies and organizations committed to diversity and inclusion. The OPEN Spotlight Award winners will be announced at OPEN Conference 2019 in multiple categories.

OPEN Conference 2019

Why attend?

It is a well documented fact that diversity at the workplace increases financial performance, boosts creativity and innovation, and contributes to talent attraction and retention. Furthermore, employees generally feel better, happier and more loyal. In a nutshell, being open is not only the right thing to do, but it also makes business sense – on every level. This is what the OPEN Conference is about.

OPEN Lays Out the Business Case

OPEN is the international diversity conference for CEOs and HR, diversity, marketing and communications decision makers, as well as representatives of interest groups. OPEN represents a unique approach in Central and Eastern Europe – and presumably beyond. Designed for business leaders, while laying out the business case, it deals with diversity as a whole.

OPEN Showcases Best Practices to Inspire Changes the Next Day

OPEN aims to inspire positive change already in the short term. OPEN zooms in a variety of pressing topics such as LGBTQ people, women, people with disabilities and ethnic minorities in the workplace. As speakers, leaders from some of the world’s most impactful organizations, minds behind businesses with unusual solutions and inspiring thought leaders will be your guides along the way to build on diversity, leverage success, increase happiness – and do the right thing.

OPEN is to Build Your International Network of Diversity Advocates

OPEN is the annual forum for current and future diversity champions to meet, learn and share. Join us November 6 & 7 in Budapest, Hungary, the captivating capital in the middle of Central and Eastern Europe. 

Previous OPEN Conference Events


OPEN Conference 2018’s theme was to establish how organizations can build competitiveness through openness. With participants from more than 10 countries, it brought a fresh and diverse perspective to the business case for being open.


Building on the 1st edition, OPEN Conference 2017 focused on role models and tried to show through them how top-down and bottom-up initiatives can make a workplace more diverse thus more successful.


2016 was the first year WeAreOpen organized OPEN Conference. It sought to lay out the business case for openness through talks, discussions and workshops and sought to make real change in the short term.