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Nevo Zisin (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, Jewish writer, performer, activist and public speaker based in Naarm/ Birraranga / Melbourne. They run workshops in schools and professional development trainings in workplaces around transgender identities. Author of award-winning Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition and The Pronoun Lowdown, a useful guidebook on all things related to pronouns.

They are a mentor for The Pinnacle Foundation, one of Out for Australia’s 30 Under 30 for 2019, an ambassador for both Wear It Purple and the Victorian Pride Centre as well as a member of the Gender Euphoria cast – Australia’s largest all trans & gender diverse show on a main stage. 

Stay up to date with Nevo Zisin on Twitter and at www.nevozisin.com.

Photo by Proud Minority.

Testimonials

‘So much of the hand-wringing around gender and identity are presented as abstract issues. Nevo doesn’t just humanise these discussions, but presents them with charisma, intelligence, professionalism and humour – backed up by reservoirs of knowledge.’ 

—Benjamin Law, Author

‘We invited Nevo to take part in a panel discussion recently around the theme ‘Being the change you want to see in the world’.  We particularly wanted Nevo to take part because they had been instrumental in making change in the world and would be an excellent example for our young people at Canteen who are experiencing cancer. Nevo did not disappoint!  From the outset they made every person at the event feel at ease and special. Nevo used their story to inspire everyone present and our young people were left believing they too could make change in the world. Nevo is authentic, intelligent and entertaining – everything you want in a speaker. We would invite Nevo back in a heartbeat and hope to work further with them in the future.’ 

—Felicia Welstead, Strategic Relationships Manager, Canteen Australia

“Just writing to let you know that the Museum is really happy, all files supplied are in perfect shape and they felt your speech was really well done, with the content thoughtful, valuable and engaging. So thank you very much Nevo!”

—Lauren Griffiths, Threesides Marketing

Nevo Zisin came to Monash and in a very short time left their mark. We learnt why pronouns matter, we learnt about respect and inclusivity.  Nevo honestly and generously shared their story and their message has resonated with us all. We cannot wait to have Nevo back.”

—Dr. Andi Diamond, CEO of Monash City Council

“Nevo is an incredibly entertaining & charismatic speaker and our team were full of praise after our session.

—Cathrine Macri, Finder

“Nevo’s Creating Safer Workplaces workshop was fantastic. It was presented professionally with sensitivity and humour, and our team learnt a lot. We look forward to our next workshop.”

—Suzanne Britt, Urban Initiatives

“Working with Nevo has been incredible – the way they weave humour into storytelling has really helped eBay to engage with LGBTIQA+  education in a new way. The feedback I’ve had from the team has been overwhelmingly positive – I would encourage any workplace to hear from Nevo, it will truly inspire you and your teams!

—Rebecca Newton, Head of Brand, eBay Australia

“Nevo is an engaging, honest, funny and generous speaker and educator with a unique and powerful way of connecting instantaneously with their audience. I have seen them consistently support and inspire audiences to more meaningfully, honestly and respectfully connect with themselves, each another and their wider community, and the feedback I receive after they speak is always glowing. Nevo is a dream to work with behind the scenes and they will always be a standout choice of speaker for me in the youth programs I coordinate.”

—Johanna Parker - Founder, Heart Sparks

‘Nevo’s workshop on self-care for Trans and Queer young people was amazing. Their activities were engaging and inspiring. Their way with young people is incredibly validating, welcoming and thought-provoking. Nevo was a dream to work with – super quick and easy communication and flexible with their approach.’ 

—Lily Bourke, Community Engagement Worker, Headspace

‘Nevo’s book launch of The Pronoun Lowdown at Avid Reader was almost a spiritual experience. I felt changed by it and enlivened by it. Everyone was very much engaged with the event and we are looking forward to sharing that event on our youtube channel and promoting it some more.’ 

—Staff at Avid Reader

‘What a treat! Nevo presented this year at our virtual IDAHOBIT event at Officeworks. We were very grateful for their openness, education and humour as they spoke of gender identity, community and the importance of a supportive culture throughout the journey of life! We look forward to partnering again soon to continue our learning within the identity space.’  

—Angie Lie, Leading Talent Acquisition, Officeworks

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