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June 15, 2015

Sex is Not For Sissies
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Valda Boyd Ford is a woman on a mission. After having woman after woman ask about sexual health issues she realized that something had to be done and she was the one to do it. While talking to womenís group about living a great life filled with love and laughter, invariably someone would express a concern about being involved in a new relationship or complain about the thrill being gone from a long term relationship.

So many questions! So little time! So she developed a seminar series that combined the best clinical information, the ability to get everyone involved in the discussion in a safe place, and her inimitable style of telling it like it is with humor and grace.

Sex is Not for Sissies was born! It started out as a simple conversation with a woman who was frustrated about getting back into the dating scene and doing a lot of whining about the realities. Finally, Valda told her that sex wasnít for the casual participant or the cowardly. Sex, she said, was not for sissies!
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Corporate Talk: Valda Ford
Valda recognizes that, with few exceptions, the way we have all been taught about sex is pretty pathetic. She believes that great sex and safe sex can come together! She spends her time talking to audiences large and small, public and private, health care professionals and lay people, young and old.
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Valda Boyd Ford
Valda Boyd Ford is a Registered Nurse and Sex Educator. She hosts seminars and retreats on her wildly popular program Sex is Not for Sissies. She recently authored and published her first romance novel, SINS: Secrets and Lies. Her extensive stories of learning about culture all over the world, sometimes the hard way, will be featured in the soon-to-be released book, Donít Touch the Monk and Other Stories of Global Faux Pas. Additionally, she is one of the featured writers in the recently released book The Speaker Anthology: 101 Stories that have Inspired and Motivated Audiences from Coast to Coast. Valda has contributed chapters to two medical textbooks on diversity and ethics, Cultural Proficiency in Eliminating Health Disparities and Health Care Services, Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Underserved Populations: Patient and Provider Perspectives.

Valda holds a Master of Public Health Policy Analysis and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Nursing Administration from Creighton University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winston Salem State University. Valda's ability to cross cultures and speak in her down-to-earth style has taken her to over 40 countries abroad including China, Afghanistan, the Netherlands, Wales, Poland, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Australia. In Africa and Asia she has worked long-term with refugees of war and survivors of natural disasters.

Valda is presently President and CEO of the Center for Human Diversity and host and executive producer of Valda's Place - a long-standing cable television talk show. She is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, the National Speakers Association, the Global Speakers Federation, and Toastmasters International. Valda has received numerous community, state and national honors and awards for her work. One example was recognition as Humanitarian of the Year and Volunteer of the year in consecutive years as Director of Refugee Initiatives for Unite for Sight.

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