Valda Boyd Ford has always seen diversity – first and foremost – as an extraordinary opportunity to embrace and appreciate life. And she does just that. People constantly comment, after meeting and getting to know her, how down-to-earth, accessible and approachable she is, despite her global credentials. As the young people like to say today, “Valda keeps it real.” She can address major corporate executives, facilitate and counsel in her business attire and an hour later chat it up with a bunch of teenagers or crawling around on the floor …

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