Connecting Audiences to the Pursuit of Authenticity

Drawing insights from her award-winning writing and research, relationship expert and national media contributor Heather Dugan helps audiences develop healthy dialogue for interpersonal connection in the twenty-first century. 

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Connection & Engagement
What Just Happened? Navigating Conflict and Confusion in Communication

A popular choice for national keynotes and webinars, this talk is geared to companies, associations, and organizations actively seeking to improve workplace interactions and engagement and can be crafted to meet CEU requirements in communication, leadership, ethics, and emotional...

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Engage and Connect in the Digital Age:

Changes in the ways we communicate and engage with the world around us have taken an exacting toll on our relationships and overall connectedness, launching a widely recognized loneliness epidemic. Heather’s devastating isolation following multiple family deaths and a lengthy divorce sparked a personal quest...

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Date, Live, and Love Like a Grownup

Learn practical tips and strategies for finding a sustainable, long-term relationship in the digital age with relationship expert and Date Like a Grownup: Anecdotes, Admissions of Guilt, and Advice Between Friends author Heather Dugan in this highly interactive talk or workshop...

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Bring Fresh Inspiration to Your Event, Small Group, or Organization

Heather bridges the gap to authentic group engagement on the subjects of personal purpose, workplace engagement, and combating isolation.


Testimonials & Reviews

Something remarkable happened today. In a very short amount of time, Heather was able to get these women to share things that were very personal. As someone who’s in the business of connecting with people, I was amazed by how quickly and deeply it happened… Check out Heather’s book, The Friendship Upgrade if you’re looking for an honest account of what it’s like to find community in today’s world.

Carolyn Hadlock

Principal, Executive Creative Director

Young & Laramore

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.

Emma Eileen Shihab

JD; Manager, Epicare Ambulatory, Beacon, MyChart & Research applications

I appreciate Heather's ability to address, as an author and speaker, the basic but oh so complicated issues we are all dealing with in our own individual relationships during this time of pandemic and social change. Heather did a well-received and inspiring presentation. I recommend her to any group for an engaging presentation!

Joseph M. Patchen

Partner, Carlile, Patchen & Murphy LLP Law Firm

She hit it out of the park! She was engaging, funny, and shared many great stories from her life experience that resonated with our group. I highly recommend Heather for her speaking expertise, knowledge, and ability to engage with the audience.

Teresa Byers

Trust Administrator, Park National Bank; President & CEO, Pickerington Area Chamber

Heather delivered a talk focused on navigating conflict and confusion utilizing communication at our 450-person event. She is knowledgeable and uses storytelling to connect with attendees and provides practical takeaways.

Mina Shin

CAE, Managing Director| Association Executive; Association for Healthcare Foodservice

I’ve read her books but listening to her adds a dimension that enables the audience to behave differently leaving the room than when they assembled… more eye contact, a focused effort to meet the new person, even a more courteous exit from the parking lot.

Mary Angela Miller

Founder, KeepSafeFood, adjunct faculty OSU Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Heather is wonderful to work with! Our dietetic practice group hosts webinars for continuing education credits and she was a featured presenter. Heather was organized and engaged throughout the entire process from planning to presentation. The live webinar received top notch reviews from our members.

Stephanie Shaw

RDN, Regional Manager, Patient Solutions at Morrison Healthcare

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


Singles Mingles group member

I went to one of Heather's presentations recently and enjoyed it immensely. While she speaks from the perspective of a woman, she talks to the entire audience, male and female. Her talks will encourage dialogue in your organization.

Paula Miller

Chief Administration Officer, Fullen FInancial Group, Inc.

Eliminate the Disconnection That Leads to Apathy

The data are in: human beings have become increasingly isolated at home, online, and in the workplace. Let’s talk about the tangible steps you can take today!

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