Heather Dugan

Author of Date Like a Grownup, Connection Coach & Relationship Advice Columnist, Work-Life Balance Columnist and Founder of Cabernet Coaches

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Relevant facts and stats fused with the human element. Topics include: The far-reaching and often devastating impact of isolation, the essential value of building and maintaining connection, situational isolation and the slide into chronic loneliness, effective navigation of midlife transitions, divorce, dating & the adult single, healthcare patient responsibility/self-advocacy and work/family issues. Columnist (Salary.com, Eyes on News, South Florida Reporter), author and connection coach, Heather's ongoing research, steady email stream and personal interviews enable her to turn a topic into a conversation, coloring in the details with anecdotal evidence and illustrations. For more information on group events, visit Cabernet Coaches

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Concerned about a societal trend toward relational disconnection, the quick fixes employed to fill this void and the longterm impact on future generations, Heather penned Date Like a Grownup: Anecdotes, Admissions of Guilt & Advice Between Friends, which examines the impact of loneliness and social obsolescence on men and women in their second single lives:

"Dugan says, "Loneliness makes fools of us all," but she presents her readers with practical advice, encouragement and a toolkit for moving past the loneliness and foolishness toward a relationship built for the future. As a manual, "Date Like A Grownup" is well-organized, entertaining, provoking, engaging and--importantly--motivational...  She wraps all of this in her unique brand of humor--which both makes her point and reduces the tension inherent in midlife dating 'desperation." 

Her book targets root causes for misery-perpetuating choices and provides punctuating proof that looking for love from a place of isolation is as unwise as grocery shopping on an empty stomach. Other books include Stuffing Sandwiches Down My Shirt and Pickup in Aisle Twelve. She is currently researching and writing a book on the powerful influence of friendship amongst women navigating mid-life transitions.

Founder of Cabernet Coaches, a social connection group that encourages and enables women to build bigger relational foundations, Heather is dedicated to high impact, face-to-face friendship as a means of change. Committed to active enablement, Heather preaches meaningful connection and proactive decision-making—helping others to tap into their own unique talents and self-launch via her articles, videos, speaking engagements and one-on-one coaching. She is a speaker and discussion facilitator:  "Wisdom & Wine" events (geared to adult singles) include "How to Avoid Dead-End Dating," "Getting From Lonely to Loved" and "From Big Idea to Book." More info at Cabernet Coaches.com.

Her career as an author, columnist and feature writer launched from the pivotal realization that extreme—and even devastating—challenges are, in fact, great fertilizer and excellent writing material. Passionately curious, Heather is both a dedicated traveler and lifelong learner. She resides in Central Ohio with her children and a wayward chocolate lab, is slightly addicted to the outdoors and would never let her passport expire.

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