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Saxton Live 2023: Featured Speakers

Farah Parkinson
05 Oct 2023

We believe in the power of stories to drive real change.

Saxton Live kicked off in Melbourne on Tuesday, 10 October in Melbourne. This showcase was an exclusive event limited to 50 attendees and featured 4 incredible Speakers including:

Nevo Zisin - Storyteller & Esteemed Educator on Transgender Topics

Nevo Zisin (they/them) is a storyteller, esteemed educator on transgender topics, TEDx speaker, poet, workshop facilitator in schools and workplaces.

They are also an award-winning author of Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition and The Pronoun Lowdown a useful guidebook on all things related to pronouns. They have been in-conversation with Queer Eye’s brilliant Jonathan Van Ness, Transparent producer Zackary Drucker & world-famous spoken-word poet & activist Alok Vaid-Menon.

Their work has appeared in The Saturday Paper, NGV Magazine, Archer Magazine, Buzzfeed, Junkee, SBS, Hack Live, ABC’s The Drum, The Morning Show, amongst others. They were a 2022 Varuna Scribe Fellow and is an ambassador for Wear It Purple and was an inaugural ambassador for the Victorian Pride Centre.

Learn more about Nevo

Julie Hirsch - Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Innovator & Social Impact Leader

Julie Hirsch (she/her) is an award-winning social entrepreneur and innovator, recognised as Telstra’s Victorian Business Woman of the Year and named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

Highly regarded as a leader in impact-led innovation, her passion lies in marrying global problem spaces with customer problem spaces, leading to first-of-their-kind products and services that have social good built into their business model.

A dynamic and uplifting speaker, Julie is passionate about sharing her experience-led knowledge of how innovation, social impact, and entrepreneurial bravery can easily be embedded into commercial, educational, and political environments.

Learn more about Julie

Lisa Ronson - Visionary Leader & Australia's Most Prolific Marketer

Lisa Ronson is a respected, award-winning marketing executive with over 25 years of experience across multiple Australian and international brands. She has a track record of building strong consumer brands, leading high-performing teams and growing retail sales and market share.

Lisa most recently worked at Coles Group as Chief Marketing Officer for four years. In this role Lisa led the organisation’s marketing brand, digital and media strategies, sponsorships and events, customer insights and analytics, Coles 360 retail media, collectibles and continuity, loyalty, and in store promotion.

Learn more about Lisa

Nasir Sobhani - The Streets Barber

Nasir Sobhani, also known as The Streets Barber, has earned his affectionate title spending his time taking to Melbourne's streets offering free haircuts and shaves to the homeless and less fortunate.

Nasir's central principles which he encompasses in all that he strives to do, are the oneness of humanity, combatting prejudice and social injustice and the need for compassion for all. Strongly spiritual, he believes in using your natural talents to be charitable and help those less privileged, regardless of their backgrounds. Despite our different religious and spiritual beliefs, he exemplifies the notion that ultimately, we are all one. Through his gregarious, eloquent, humorous, loving, compassionate and highly gifted personality, he draws people in with an incredible and extremely contagious positive and warm energy.

Learn more about Nasir

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