Kristy Do, financial analyst at Our Lady of the Angels Health, shares her Chinese and Vietnamese heritage and what Asian American Pacific Islander Month means to her.
Do has been a part of our ministry for 11 years.
She shares what inspired her to pursue a career in healthcare. “Growing up in an Asian family you are expected to become a doctor or lawyer. I’m not argumentative enough so becoming a lawyer was out of the question. I get queasy when I see too much blood, so becoming a doctor or a nurse was out of the question for me as well. I still want to help even though I’m not in direct patient care.”
Do hopes that being able to work on the support side of the organization helps the hospital and the community as a whole.
Do feels the most connected to her Asian heritage when she gets to celebrate China’s Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival or Harvest Moon Festival, which is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar — or September 29 this year. festival She also enjoys eating her favorite cultural dish, abalone with baby Bok choy and shiitake mushrooms, during Lunar New Year.
Do also enjoys her family tradition of playing mahjong. Mahjong is a traditional game established in China about 100 years ago, played with 144 tiles and four players. The social game allows friends and family to get together and have fun.
The Importance of Diversity and Different Perspectives
The decision-making process and outcomes improve drastically when a diverse workforce is promoted.
“A team of employees will make relatively better problem-solving decisions than a single-minded employee will,” Do says. Do adds, “Listening is a cornerstone of good communication and one of the important soft skills for accountants. It builds trust and strong relationships.”
The One Thing
“If you only carry one thing throughout your entire life, let it be hope,” she says. “Let it be hope that better things are always ahead. Let it be hope that you can get through even the toughest of times. Let it be hope that you are stronger than any challenge that comes your way. Let it be hope that you are exactly where you are meant to be right now, and that you are on the path to where you are meant to be… because during these times, hope will be the very thing that carries you through.”
Our DEI Commitment
Our ministry’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion supports culturally competent care education for our team members all year long, including during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month each May.