Basic Info

Dan Reidenberg
Contributor Status:
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Primary Location:
Minneapolis, MN, USA

Career Info

Primary Industry:
Health, Wellness and Fitness, Medical / Pharmaceuticals, Non-Profits / Philanthropy
Personal Career Headline:
Executive Director, SAVE
Business Description (One-Liner):

SAVE was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Our work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools, we know we can SAVE lives.

SAVE is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and operating under the nonprofit laws of the State of Minnesota. SAVE works at the international, national, state and local levels to prevent suicide using a public health model in suicide prevention; concentrating its efforts on education and awareness.  SAVE operates by the guidelines published in the Surgeon Generals Call to Action to Prevent Suicide (1999) and the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2012). Over the years, SAVE’s Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers have included survivors who bring a special affinity for suicide prevention, along with other skills, to ensure organizational growth, development and effective management and operational talents to the agency.

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Career Snapshot:

Therapist in private practice, forensic psychology, therapist and administrator in hospitals and clinics, administrator in a large social service agency, Executive Director of a national nonprofit agency, international expert in suicide prevention.

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How did you get into the industry?:

I love helping people so psychology was a natural fit for me. I never planned to become an expert in suicide specifically, but having lost many people, including clients, it was an area I was drawn to.

Emerging industry trends?:

Technology – it is the wave of the future in healthcare.

Ideal experience for a customer/client?:

True compassion.

How do you motivate others?:

Building on strengths, having others fill in the gaps and believing that mistakes/errors/failure are part of success. And always making sure people remember that a job is just a job. Family always comes first. Always.

Career advice to those in your industry?:

Do it for the right reasons. Too many go into psychology or the helping profession to resolve things in their life. That is not a good start nor a good driver for anyone going into the helping profession.

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What are your aspirations? (Personal and Business):

To be the best that I can be in whatever I do and leave the rest to others who have those strengths that I do not.

Biggest Success?:

Being the one person in the world between their life and their death, and seeing them through to life.

Most Challenging Moment?:

Choosing my career over my life.


Live now, because none of us are guaranteed anything beyond right now.

Favorite People/Role Models?:

Are happy, content, giving, kind and compassionate souls who make me remember that life is awesome.

What Else To Know

My Goal of the Day:

Help at least one person

My Thought of the Day:

I can do this.

My Action of the Day:

Be there and be ready.

My Deed of the Day:

Leave a penny.

My Tip of the Day:

Everything will look and feel different tomorrow.

My Pic of the Day:
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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

How much people care about others.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

I’m not a big breakfast eater.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AMGetting up and ready for the day.

10:00 AM Depends on the day.

12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

I love a good buffet.

7:00 PM – Playing with my dogs.

11:00 PM 30 minutes into REM sleep.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Only water.

What should everyone try at least once?


Where do you enjoy getting lost?

I hate being lost.


What Else to Know?

I have a Golden Retriever named Reba who was born literally without hips. She makes me smile, she makes me happy, and she reminds me every day that gifts come in all sizes, shapes, and ways.

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