Learning to Lead Episode #28: Dan Dupee



Dan Dupee has served as President and CEO of the CCO since 1999. A 1981 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University , Dan says, “My life was changed by the CCO’s Jubilee conference when I was a freshman.” Dan served as a CCO staff worker at Penn State University from 1981-84, and then returned to his hometown of Cincinnati to work for the next 13 years in his family’s business, Olsten Staffing.

Dan and his wife Carol have been married since 1984 and live in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh. They are raising four children—twin sons, Jack and Spencer, and twin daughters, Annie and Eliza.

Connect with Dan:

E-mail: dipper@ccojubilee.org






  • Tell us about yourself, your family, your passions!
  • Walk us through your leadership journey . . . How did you end up being the CEO of the CCO?
  • Did you always aspire to be a leader wherever you were? How did you learn leadership?
  • Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe some one who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?
  • What are you doing and what have you done to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?
  • What books have you read that have made a great impact on you that you would recommend?
  • How do you structure your days and your life so that you are as productive as possible?
  • Could you talk about one or two of your greatest leadership failures? What did you learn from them?
  • How do you balance ministry with your family life?
  •  Tell us about the CCO! Why are you so passionate about the next generation?
  •  Talk about the leadership team at the CCO! What makes it a great team?
  • What do you do to intentionally grow as a staff?
  •  What qualities do you look for in up and coming leaders?
  •  What are some of your best pieces of advice when it comes to fundraising?
  •  What is the one behavior or trait that you have seen derail leaders’ careers?
  • What advice would you give young leaders when it comes to picking the “right” career?
  • What can young leaders do to set themselves apart in their organizations?
  •  What do you want your legacy to be?
  •  Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
  • If you could give any advice to young leaders, what would it be?

Key Takeaways

  • Pay attention to people’s gifts and help them develop them.
  • Lead consistent with who God made you to be!
  • Failure is the great growing place
  • Take advantage of the beginning of the day
  • You control your schedule…. Control it!
  • Measure your family time. Make it a goal.
  • Fundraising – never pressure anyone!
  • Fear is the elephant in the room – deal with it!
  • Feel the fear and do it anyway.
  • God is the architect of your leadership profile!
  • No one is smart enough to develop in the ways they need to be developed other than God!
  • Good leaders = good followers!
  • Every leader is following someone!
  • Learn what’s right in front of you!

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