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Heather Dugan

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. Her newest book, The Friendship Upgrade: Trade Clickable Connections for Friendships that Matter, pinpoints causes of isolation and offers life-changing solution steps for the socially side-lined as well as those seeking deeper, more meaningful friend connections.

Heather’s ongoing study of the challenges and opportunities in relationship- and community-building, as well as the success of her 240+ member group, has made her a popular speaker with corporate organizations and community groups. A responsive and engaging communicator, her talks generate the meaningful discussions that can generate pathways to personal growth and community change.

About the Speaker

Heather Dugan

Award winning author, Heather Dugan, is the founder of Cabernet Coaches®, an “all ages, all stages” group for women that fosters self-betterment through face-to-face friendships and social connection. Her 2015 book, Date Like a Grownup: Anecdotes, Admissions of Guilt & Advice Between Friends, was a finalist (self-help/relationships) in the USA Book Awards and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and she speaks on topics pertaining to dating, relationships, social connection, and effective interpersonal communication. She has also worked as a professional voiceover talent for more than twenty-five years.

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

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.

April 9 -4:00 p.m. ET – Register Here

April 11 – 10:00 a.m. ET – Register Here

Single and Sequestered: Virtual dating is the new long-distance relationship. How can you use this time to prepare for dating in real life again? Bring your questions to the conversation!

April 16 – 7:00 PM ET – Register Here

April 18 – 10:00 AM ET- Register Here

April 28 – 7:00 PM ET – Register Here


April 30 – 7:00 PM EST –– The Friendship UPgrade | Date Like a Grownup – Register Here

May 14 – 7:00 PM EST Better Dating for Grownups: Relationship Readiness – Register Here

May 21 – 7:00 PM EST – Bridges to Friendship and Community-Building – Register Here



We had the amazing opportunity to bring Heather to speak at an OhioHealth retreat focused on well-being and rejuvenation. She was an inspiration and a catalyst to help our staff articulate their own feelings of isolation. Since her talk, I have noticed a deliberate effort by our team to find connection and fulfillment in our “real time” experiences.
I recommend both of her books (The Friendship UPgrade, Date Like a Grownup) and Heather herself as a speaker and discussion facilitator to any group or organization seeking to grow relationship and community amongst its members.
Emma Shihab, JD
Manager CareConnect Ambulatory, Beacon & Willow Ambulatory, Ohio Health

Heather was our guest speaker at this week’s Rotary Club meeting in Gahanna and I thoroughly enjoyed her. She gave a timely overview of how we can all make small changes to make our lives more meaningful and enjoyable through connections and relationships. Awesome job!
Chamie Townsend
From LinkedIn

Heather Dugan was an excellent guest speaker, and we would love to have her come by again. I would recommend her to any other group that needs speakers.
Drake Lundstrom
Gahanna Rotary

Booking Info

Visit Heather Dugan

Dennis Hetzel, Publicist, Fresh Angle Communications: 614-940-5067 |

Heather Dugan: 614-843-6353 |

Cathy Teets, Publisher, Headline Books: 304-789-3001 |