Heather Dugan

Non-Fiction, Self Help

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Author and speaker Heather Dugan is the founder/director of Cabernet Coaches®, an “all ages, all stages” access group for women that fosters self-betterment through face-to-face friendships and social connection. The Friendship Upgrade: Trade Clickable Connections for Friendships that Matter pinpoints the causes of isolation and offers life-changing solution steps for the socially side-lined as well as those seeking deeper, more meaningful friend connections. Date Like a Grownup: Anecdotes, Admissions of Guilt & Advice Between Friends (self-help/relationships finalist in the USA Book Awards and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards), is “a witty and insightful look at dating the second time around, a refreshing peek into the challenges of building midlife relationships, and a toolkit for moving past the loneliness toward a relationship built for the future.” She has also worked as a professional voice talent for more than twenty-five years and recently completed The Friendship Upgrade audio book.

Heather’s ongoing study of the challenges and opportunities in relationship- and community-building, as well as the success of her 260+ member group, has made her a popular speaker with corporate organizations and community groups. Topics include the impact of transitions, technology, and over-efficiency on relationships, building stronger communities, and bridges to connection and friendship. A responsive and engaging communicator, her talks generate the meaningful discussions that can generate pathways to personal growth and community change.

An Indiana University alumna, Heather resides in Columbus, Ohio, but is an avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast who keeps hiking poles and her passport within easy reach. The proud mom of three adult children, she blogs about relationships, transitions, and better living at Tips from the Tightrope on her author website. Find her on Facebook, Instagram, at Cabernet Coaches, or visit

Zoom Into Books Presentation –

The Friendship Upgrade | Date Like a Grownup with author/speaker Heather Dugan:  A conversation on writing and relationships. Preview her roadmap books that have guided so many to more happy, fulfilling, and connected lives. Humor, compassion, wisdom, and truth—supported by research and the stories of men and women just like you. Excerpts may include “What’s Your SAT Score?” and “A Facebook Window on the World.” Bring your questions to the conversation!

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Pause, Reset, Connect with author/speaker Heather Dugan (The Friendship UPgrade, Date Like a Grownup) COVID-19 has imposed a massive global pause on life as we knew it, but within horror we can always find hope. This will change us. Who will you be? Use this time to improve your corner of the world and build better relationships with yourself and others. Bring your questions and comments to the conversation!

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Single and Sequestered with author/speaker Heather Dugan (The Friendship UPgrade, Date Like a Grownup)It’s the new long-distance relationship: virtual dating. But, is it a good idea? How are singles using dating apps during isolation, and how can you use this time to prepare for dating in real life again? Bring your questions to the conversation!

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Books by Heather Dugan