Marty Brounstein | Inspirational Speaker, Author of "Two Among the Righteous Few"

​Are you looking for an inspirational speaker for a keynote presentation or important breakout session at your upcoming meeting or conference? Do you want to create a memorable experience that will unite and uplift your attendees? One that will make a real impact in the workplace, that they will be talking about for well after the program is over? Marty Brounstein’s presentation, titled “The Courage and Compassion to Do the Right Thing: A Lesson in Making a Positive Difference,” has received top ratings at workplace meetings and professional conferences across the country. Clients including the League of California Cities, Major League Baseball, Kaiser Permanente, AT&T, multiple city and county governments, and others, have described the program as “thoroughly engaging,” “heartwarming,” and “thought-provoking.” For 25 years, Marty ran the successful management consulting firm, The Practical Solutions Group, serving clients in the areas of leadership and organizational effectiveness. His client base ran across many industries, public sector and private sector, for-profit and not-for-profit, plus people of all positions: staff, managers, and top executives. He has also been an adjunct faculty member with the Executive MBA Program at St. Mary’s College, CA. Whether speaking at conferences, facilitating in-house seminars, or providing executive coaching, Marty’s practical approach was a hit across the board. In addition, his name is attached to eight published books related to business management as either a contributing author or sole author, including Coaching and Mentoring For Dummies, Communicating Effectively For Dummies, and Managing Teams For Dummies. The “Do the Right Thing” presentation is based on his 9th book, however, which is quite different. This presentation will captivate your audience while taking them on a journey into a true story that happened more than 70 years ago. It’s a story of two people who had the courage and compassion to do the right thing then… and it’s a story that will inspire and empower your people to make a positive difference today. In simple terms, Marty Brounstein is the humble messenger for two real heroes (not the misused term “hero” that often gets attached to entertainment celebrities and sports stars). He represents Frans and Mien Wijnakker out of the Netherlands, who at one time during their lives made a very positive difference, one for which he is eternally grateful. Marty began sharing this inspirational story across the country seven years ago, in a wide variety of venues including places of faith, service, and learning. It was one of Marty’s clients from his consulting business who suggested he take this special story into business and professional venues, because of its lessons and relevance for our work lives and personal lives today. It turned out to be a brilliant suggestion. Audiences have often told Marty that he is an author on a journey with a mission, the mission being to touch people’s hearts and stir their minds about the lessons we can all learn for our lives today from this special story. It’s no secret that people love stories, with some of the best-selling business books of all time being fables like The One-Minute Manager (Ken Blanchard), The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Patrick Lencioni), and FISH! (Stephen Lundin). Now, you can give your people the special opportunity to step into a feature film-sized true story that is engaging, enlightening, and inspiring, that will make a difference in their lives at home and at work. ​​ The Program... The Courage and Compassion to Do the Right Thing: A Lesson in Making a Positive Difference • Are promoting critical issues such as service, ethics, core principles, diversity and inclusion important to your organization? • Are you wanting to reinforce members, managers, or employees of your organization to make a positive difference? • Do you want to build these key values in a way that will truly move your people, by touching their hearts and stirring their minds? Stories, the power of stories. They can inspire us and they can teach us. If you want something different and inspirational for your professional conference or workplace meeting that teaches lessons promoting these key values and practices and making a positive difference, then here’s the story for you. In an engaging storytelling presentation, Marty Brounstein delivers such an inspirational and educational story conveyed from his book Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust. It’s a true story about a Christian couple in the Netherlands named Frans and Mien Wijnakker, who despite great risk and danger, saved the lives of over two dozen Jews from certain death during World War II and the Holocaust. Marty also has a meaningful personal connection to the story and its heroes, which he reveals in his heartfelt presentation. After engaging with the story directly, the program promotes discussion exploring the following topic: • What lessons about doing the right thing and making a positive difference can you take away from this story and apply in your work life today, let alone your personal life?


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  • * Dynamic storyteller combined with skilled facilitator
  • * 25 years experience in leadership and performance effectiveness; knows how to connect to audiences
  • * Brings a true, inspirational story from history that moves audiences and helps them apply its lessons in their professional lives today


8 Reviews
Dawn Abrahamson City Clerk, City of Vallejo, CA Host for Marty at two professional conferences: The League of California Cities, City Clerks’ Conference and The International Institute of Municipal Clerks Annual Conference
I would highly recommend Marty Brounstein’s inspirational presentation and workshop...

I would highly recommend Marty Brounstein’s inspirational presentation and workshop titled The Courage and Compassion To Do the Right Thing: A Lesson in Making a Positive Difference for a few important reasons. First of all, Marty is a dynamic speaker and storyteller. His storytelling presentation style really engages the audience into the story. He is not a talking head, lecturing away at people. In addition, Mary puts such genuine emotion in delivering his presentation. This emotion, and especially at the end when he reveals his meaningful personal connection to the story, comes across in such a powerful and inspirational way. As I have seen each time I’ve heard Marty tell this true story, people are positively moved by experiencing his presentation. I also loved the historical background Marty covers in his presentation. It adds meaningful context to the story being told. Furthermore, Marty’s workshop teaches valuable and relevant lessons of leadership and service -- key aspects for people in my profession. His facilitation of the discussion after the storytelling portion really engages the audience in applying the lessons from the story into their professional lives today. So for an educational and inspirational experience relevant for our professional lives today -- with great storytelling involved -- I am happy to support Marty in his journey in sharing his special story related to his book Two Among the Righteous Few.

August 2018

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Mark Warcholski Vice President of Distribution and Facilities Meyer Corporation in Vallejo, CA
Marty’s storytelling presentation sparked for me on a personal level...

Marty Brounstein’s workshop and its powerful story are so important today on a variety of levels. On one level this workshop promotes positive values relevant for our business lives. Many participants walked away with such critical messages about showing compassion and empathy in working with others and about doing the right thing in guiding how we carry out our jobs. In addition, the story and the workshop made one reflect on what kind of person you are and about truly being a quality person. We need to understand that people are people and that regardless of people’s personal backgrounds, learning to accept others rather than turning our back on them because they are different is the right way to go. Sometimes in our American society today, strong opinions take over that are not healthy for promoting care and respect. Marty’s inspirational story reminds us of the positive values we should strive to uphold not only in our business lives but also in our personal lives. Furthermore, Marty’s storytelling presentation sparked for me on a personal level, as I have family history which includes those near and dear to me that went through suffering during World War II -- a Polish father. The historical background Marty paints as he does his storytelling is important for everyone to know. People need to learn from history so it does not repeat itself, and we need to appreciate the freedoms and opportunities we have in our country -- rather than take them for granted. Again, Marty’s workshop and great storytelling were so helpful and useful on multiple levels. As I told Marty afterwards, he needs to keep going on his journey of sharing his powerful story.

August 2018

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Jennifer Traumann Director, Department of Child Support Services for Sonoma County Santa Rosa, CA
I would highly recommend this workshop.

Stories help me as well as others learn, especially powerful stories. The human connection of a good story resonates with people strongly, and stories often help embed concepts to a much higher degree than a typical training or lecture does. That’s what Marty Brounstein accomplished when he brought his Making a Positive Difference workshop to my staff. Apprehension was expressed among some of the staff in my department who were wondering if this training would be worthwhile. But Marty is a great storyteller. These sort of naysayers, as well as the rest of the staff, expressed how inspirational Marty’s story of courage and compassion was and were highly engaged in the discussion portion of the workshop about applying the lessons of the story into their jobs. Staff commented on how this workshop gave them a richer perspective on how to look at people and approach them in interactions as they carry out the functions of their jobs. They walked away with a greater understanding about the importance of making a connection with people when doing their jobs, to look at the human first and not just execute a process. In efforts to strengthen a customer service-focus in our work, this workshop promoted this learning very well. I would highly recommend this workshop to other executives or professional groups that want to reinforce important core values in their fields of work. The power of storytelling with thoughtful discussion makes this learning happen in a very positive way. In fact, my staff enjoyed the storytelling so much, they wish we would have had more time to explore the story and its heroes further. They look forward to reading Marty’s book that we included for participating in the workshop.

August 2018

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