Creating Connection: Relevant Topics & Engaging Discussion

Ready for more? Release the "pause" button and launch into a full, more connected life!

“Wisdom & Wine” Talk & Group Discussion topics:

  • “Getting From Lonely to Loved”
  • “How to Avoid Dead-End Dating”
  • "Finding Your Cabernet Coaches"
  • "Put the 'Happy' Back in Your Holiday: Strategies for Singles"
  • "Upsize Your World: Strategies for Building a Bigger, Better Life "
  • “From Big Idea to Book”

And more…

Pair the author of Date Like A Grownup: Anecdotes, Admissions of Guilt & Advice Between Friends with your favorite group or singles happy hour for dynamic speaking, relevant data, engaging interactive discussion and the “How To” on essential elements for the relaunch into dating and relationships!

About Date Like a Grownup

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Salon-Style Talk with Group Discussion
Getting From "Lonely" to "Loved" Our worst decisions are made when we're desperate to choose, and the threat of an empty evening steers many singles toward the last option on their missed call list—yet dating from a place of isolation can be as unwise as grocery shopping on an empty stomach. Whether divorced, widowed or never married, most singles yearn for a singular romantic love. Date like a Grownup author & columnist Heather Dugan will share how to create a bigger, better life that enables opportunities for long-term love and open a group discussion following her talk. Cabernet Coaches articles on dating, divorce, relationships and building connection.  


About Heather:


Heather is the author of Date Like a Grownup: Anecdotes, Admissions of Guilt & Advice Between Friends, finalist in both the USA Book Awards and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Non-fiction/Relationship books; Pickup in Aisle Twelve and Stuffing Sandwiches Down My Shirt: Strategies and Inspiration for Crutch Users. She is currently researching the high impact friendship and connection amongst women during times of transition.

An advice columnist (, Eyes On News, South Florida Reporter, Cabernet Coaches) and contributing writer, her favored topics include: life launching; connection; divorce, dating and relationships; navigating grief and healthcare patient responsibility, as well as work/family issues. 

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

Turning challenges into opportunities for achievement enabled this divorced single mom to effect positive transformation and find value in even life's darkest places. 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.

How to Avoid Dead-End Dating:

Tired of hitting the relational roundabouts? Adult dating holds unique challenges—and opportunities—for the midlife single.  Discover how and why to "Date Like a Grownup" from author/columnist Heather Dugan.  Learn how to find and filter romantic candidates, the pros and cons of online dating, how to minimize rejection and why it is, ultimately, worth the lip gloss—or aftershave—to grow your opportunities for long-term love!

Whether divorced, widowed or never married, most singles long for a singular romantic love. Begin building your bigger, better life, and join us for an interactive discussion following Heather's talk. 

Articles on Dating, Relationships and Living a Connected Life 

"You are helping a lot of us Heather. Keep writing and talking." Mack

"I love your technique of floating over the drama!" Kris

“Heather has many concepts and experiences that I can say ‘Hey, that’s me!’ I am excited to have her book. Heather gave an excellent talk…” John

“This was awesome. Really enjoyed listening to Heather…” Karen

So much of what you addressed is true of my widow friends and I as we begin to talk about and perhaps venture "out there." Wish I had read your book before my foray into

“What a great night! Heather was interesting to hear from and we all had a great time at dinner with some fascinating and revealing conversations.” Marcia

“Great time and interesting conversations!” Kate

“This was a first for our group; but I doubt our last…it’s obvious from the strong turnout that many of us realize there are numerous speed-bumps and false-starts encountered at this stage of life, but at least we have our many friends from this group, and now Heather’s excellent advice…” Steve

"As your Coach, Dugan illustrates numerous 'teachable moments' through a collection of clever 'From the Field' anecdotes...that just may have you laughing out loud, either because you've 'done that' or can't imagine that someone else really 'did that!' Through these personal stories, Dugan connects and creates a credible bond. She transforms the complexities of new tools such as, Google Search and social media into opportunities, teaching us to identify our mistakes, perhaps laugh about them, and then move on." Mike

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