Courage and Compassion to do the Right Thing

Presented by Marty Brounstein

February 14, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Registration: Begins at 7:30AM

Gateway Community College
108 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (map it)

Building: IE 1302 – Copper Room

Note: We encourage you to review the map and directions prior to your arrival.

Cost: Complimentary event with light refreshments – RSVP today!

Please join us on February 14, 2019 when Marty Brounstein presents an emotional story of people helping people, risking everything they have in order to do so. This workshop will have you challenging your definitions of courage, humanity and purpose. You will also explore how we recognize and apply stereotypes and what you can do to create a positive social change in our community.

Workshop Summary

Would you be willing to help others whose lives are in great danger? Would you be willing to put your own life in danger to help others? Frans and Mein Wijnakker did. They were a young Catholic couple who opened their home to Jewish refugees during Nazi Germany’s brutal occupation of Holland during the 1940s. Marty Brounstein, author of “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust”, will present this story at our February Diversity Workshop.

Despite the risk of facing a firing squad or deportation to a concentration camp, the Wijnakker’s saved more than two dozen Jews. Brounstein own personal story and kinship with survivors has motivated him to tell the Wijnakker’s story around the country. In the end, his story teaches us that we all have a role play and should ask ourselves how we can create a positive social change in our communities.


This presentation will challenge you to think about:

  • How we define courage, humanity, and purpose.
  • How we recognize and apply labels and stereotypes.
  • After taking away the life and death aspects of this story, you will explore the positive life lessons learned, so you can apply them today and for the future.


Marty Brounstein

Marty Brounstein
The courage and compassion to do the right thing; that’s a major theme that resonates with audiences when they hear San Mateo, CA-based author Marty Brounstein talk on his book Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust. This book has not always been Marty’s main work. For 25 years, he led the consulting firm The Practical Solutions Group, serving a wide variety of clients on issues of leadership and organizational effectiveness. Through this work, he wrote eight books related to business management, from contributing author to sole author, including Communicating Effectively For Dummies, Coaching and Mentoring For Dummies and Managing Teams for Dummies.

His 9th book is quite different and special. It has put Marty in the interfaith business, as he has a story of a Christian couple, Frans and Mien Wijnakker, who saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews during World War II and the Holocaust. This book takes Marty back to his early career as an educator, when he was teaching history including the Holocaust. This true and remarkable story has a meaningful personal connection as well, which Marty shares in his presentations.

Marty has been on quite an unexpected journey of delivering storytelling presentations to a wide variety of audiences and facilitating book discussions in school classrooms. He is now in his 8th year of this journey, over 650+ events with more coming. The events have occurred throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, his home base, and 15 other cities, with New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Seattle, and Boston among them. The engagements have been in such places as religious institutions, service organizations, personal homes, bookstores, many schools, universities, libraries, and history and Holocaust museums. Marty’s keynote presentation and workshop titled The Courage and Compassion to Do the Right Thing: A Lesson in Making a Positive Difference continues to grow and has been well-received at professional conferences and workplaces.

One highlight of the journey was presenting at the invitation of the Dutch Consulate General of San Francisco in March 2014. He has also been a keynote speaker for Holocaust Remembrance Day events in the Chicago area, Phoenix area, Seattle, and Long Island, New York.