Spotlight on Kristine Ty

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month when we celebrate the rich cultural heritage, history, and contributions of the AAPI community in the United States. It’s also a time to recognize members of the AAPI community in Accountability. We are shining the spotlight on Kristine Ty.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

With respect to ethnicity, I’m Chinese and Filipino. My dad is half-Filipino and half-Chinese, while my mom is 100% Chinese. I was born and raised in the Philippines until I was eight, then moved to Toronto, Canada. Upon graduating from university and working in AdTech for a few years, I moved to NYC, where I met my (now) husband. 

I grew up in a strict household where “children are seen but not heard”; However, children are also expected to be at the top of everything – school, piano, tennis, Kumon, etc. So if you’ve heard the term “Tiger Mom” before, it’s a very real occurrence in a typical Asian household, and my mom was and still is the textbook definition of a Tiger Mom.

It is sometimes perceived as negative, forcing and/or expecting your kids to be the best. However, it made me the person I am now… someone who is passionate about what they do and strives to be the best at what they do. I frequently tell my kids, “If you’re going to do something, do it to the best of your ability; otherwise, you’re just wasting your time.”

Can you tell us what Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month means to you?

For me, AAPI Heritage Month means that our cultures and traditions are shared and celebrated with members outside our community. 

Given the past political climate and with COVID, the Asian community has been targeted rather than celebrated. I hope May will bring to light the positives of the various Asian cultures.

I wish it wasn’t limited to just one month and that it’s recognized and celebrated throughout the year. I think we are getting there, though – there are now more Asian influences in music (BTS anyone?), entertainment (look at how many won the Golden Globes this year!), food (sushi is now one of the most expensive cuisines), technology, etc. 

Asian exports are no longer considered the “cheap junk from China” but have led the global economy for the past decade. 

What is your favorite cultural tradition?

Within the Chinese and Filipino cultures, there is a strong emphasis placed on family and food. It’s expected to “go home” during holidays to celebrate with family. There is always lots of food, and it’s our way of catching up with long-lost relatives and spending time with our loved ones. Our love is evident through the food – the best dishes are always made, and you can guarantee that everyone’s favorites are considered. Also, there is never NOT enough food. Everyone goes home with at least a few food containers to tide them over for a few days.

What do you hope to see for the Asian community in the future?

Acceptance – acceptance by other races and acceptance within the Asian community. Unfortunately, even within the Asian community, some races are looked down upon. I’d like to see a world where minority groups aren’t forced against each other. It isn’t a competition. We all had struggles and hardships. One person’s struggle does not make another’s struggle insignificant. We all should treat each other with respect and dignity regardless of our skin color or which country in Asia we came from.

What is one activity or dish that everyone should try?

This dish isn’t common, but it’s one of my favorites from childhood– Lumpiang Sariwa or Fresh Lumpia. It’s a Filipino dish and could be akin to a Mexican burrito. The Fresh Lumpia is probably one of the healthiest Filipino dishes and is made with a fresh crepe wrapper, filled with lots of vegetables and protein such as shrimp and ground pork, topped with crushed peanuts, and served with a sweet and savory peanut sauce. With this dish, you will experience a little bit of everything – sweet, savory, crunchy, soft, and spicy, if you add hot sauce. So it’s healthy, delicious, and filling!

Do you have a role model in your life? If so, who are they, and how have they helped you in your journey?

Yes, my mom. She is one of the most resilient and loving people I know. She’s determined and fearless. I vividly recall when we first moved to Canada, my mom was single. She worked two full-time jobs and would probably sleep 4 hours a day to spend time with us in the evenings. Then she’d work from midnight to 8 am at one job, and right after, she’d go to her other job from 9-5. She did this for about five years to establish herself and eventually worked only one full-time job. My mom is my hero, as her sacrifices show how much she loved us and cared for our family. 

Connect with Kristine on LinkedIn.


Understanding the Significance of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an annual holiday that honors the courageous military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States armed forces. By honoring their memory, we preserve their legacies and ensure that their heroic efforts are never for gotten.Memorial Day is not just another day off, but it’s an opportunity to pay tribute to the heroes who have fought for our freedom. It is an important day to recognize the sacrifices made by brave men and women who have served our country. In this blog post, we will discuss the meaning behind Memorial Day and why it is so important.

The origin of Memorial Day dates back to the Civil War when Americans honored the fallen soldiers. At that time, it was known as Decoration Day, as people would decorate the graves of their loved ones with flowers. After World War I, the holiday was renamed Memorial Day and expanded to include all war soldiers.

Memorial Day is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May. It’s a time for families to gather and reflect upon the ultimate sacrifice made by their loved ones. Many cities hold parades, ceremonies, and other events to commemorate the day. It’s a solemn day when the nation comes together to pay homage to those who died fighting for their country.

On Memorial Day, the American flag is hoisted to half-staff until noon to show respect for the fallen soldiers. At noon, the flag is raised to full-staff, symbolizing the resurrection of the fallen souls. It is tradition to observe a moment of silence at 3 PM local time to honor all the brave men and women who lost their lives serving our country.

Memorial Day is a significant holiday that reminds us of the sacrifices made by brave men and women who have served our country. It’s a day to reflect on the tremendous contribution made by these heroes, who have given their lives so that we could live in peace, freedom, and security. This Memorial Day, let us honor and pay tribute to all the fallen soldiers and express our gratitude for the brave soldiers who risked their lives for us. Let’s never forget the sacrifices they have made in the name of patriotism, courage, and freedom.


Spotlight on Maria Alvir

Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month when we celebrate the rich cultural heritage, history, and contributions of the AAPI community in the United States. It’s also a time to recognize members of the AAPI community in Accountability. We are shining the spotlight on Maria Heredia. 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am currently a learning and development coordinator for Accountability. I was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. in 1989 when I was 11. In 1985, my Mom came to the U.S. looking for better opportunities. As soon as she could afford it, she sent the rest of the family to come and join her. I can still remember experiencing the different seasons. Coming from a tropical island, the concept of seasons changing was new to me. My Mom and I enjoyed summer trips to the Jersey shore, long walks in Verona Park, fall activities like pumpkin and apple picking, and playing in the snow. Those first experiences left a lasting impression on me, and I can’t see myself living elsewhere. 

Can you tell us what Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month means to you?

AAPI Heritage Month is a great reminder to celebrate our beautiful differences as humans. It celebrates accomplishments and also highlights the need for the AAPI community to collaborate more with each other. Everyone is unique, and it’s important to embrace those differences and have the opportunity to share our stories. It’s also a time to remind people that we come from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. Still, ultimately, we all want the same things – happiness, success, love, safety, and security.

What is your favorite cultural tradition?

Filipinos are big on food. Social gatherings, eating, and feeding people are just ways of life for us. Spending time with each other and sharing stories enables us to teach one another, especially the newer generation, the pride, experiences, and expectations of being Filipino. Eating together is a way of showing each other love and respect. I’m especially fond of the Filipino dishes that my Mom used to make for us. The flavors are just so unique, and they all bring back wonderful childhood memories. 

What do you hope to see for the Asian American Pacific Islander community in the future?

Seeing that the AAPI community is now being represented well in different industries is exciting. I would like to see this amplified more in the future. I look forward to more collaboration within the AAPI community. We should use our collective skills and talents to support each other. I also hope that more AAPI organizations will be created and supported to have a stronger voice, access to resources, and visibility in mainstream media. Finally, I’d like to see the AAPI community gain more significant influence in policymaking to ensure our diverse community’s unique needs are addressed. 

What is one activity or dish that everyone should try?

My favorite dish and something that everyone should try is chicken Arroz Caldo. Arroz caldo is a Filipino rice and chicken porridge with ginger, toasted garlic, scallions, and black pepper. It is served with calamari or fish sauce (patis) as condiments and a hard-boiled egg. It is warm and comforting and reminds me of my childhood. It is like a warm hug from my Mom. Everyone should try it! 

Do you have a role model in your life? If so, who are they, and how have they helped you in your journey?

I would have picked my Mom. She was strong-willed and worked so hard to make ends meet. She wanted to give her family opportunities for a better life, and she never stopped until we did. She is always with me, guiding me to do and be better. Her strength, resilience, and courage have inspired me in my journey. She taught me the importance of taking action and never giving up on your dreams. I am so thankful for all that she has done for us. 

More about Maria

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Celebrating Mother’s Day – Join Our Community of Strong Women

Motherhood is a full-time job and balancing work and personal life can be challenging. Many working mothers paused their career to take care of their families. Finding a way back into the industry can feel overwhelming. Accountability’s certification program is open to everyone but  was designed for women looking to return to the marketing and advertising industry. Join our community of resilient women and become a Certified Accountability Specialist today.

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Our team is dedicated to supporting those transitioning back to the industry and looking to make an impact. As a Certified Accountability Specialist, you will receive specialized training and support – in short order, you’ll be able to provide valuable insight and assistance to our clients. You will have the opportunity to work with some of the most innovative agencies in the industry and contribute to their financial transformation.

At Accountability, diversity is more than a platitude. We’re committed to supporting a diverse workforce because it ensures different perspectives and generates better results for all.  Empowering women to succeed in the workplace is beneficial not only for individuals but also for the industry as a whole. By joining our community of strong women, you will be part of a network that values inclusion, support, and growth.

This Mother’s Day, we celebrate all mothers who continue to inspire and shape the world around them. Returning to the workforce is challenging. Together, we can make this less daunting. Join our certified support and implementation specialists network and become part of a community of strong women who support each other’s success. Let’s work together to create a more inclusive and diverse industry.