Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
At Accordion, one of our core values is “Partner with Authenticity.” We know how important it is for Accordionites to bring their full, authentic selves to work. This means learning about our cultural differences, honoring them, and embracing our diversity. That’s an essential way we form meaningful relationships and collaborate to deliver A+ work to our clients.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we asked some of our Hispanic/Latinx Accordionites to share a piece of their cultural heritage:
Q: How does your Hispanic/Latinx heritage shape the way you approach your job/career?
My heritage, specifically my Venezuelan roots, has infused my professional ethos with creativity, adaptability, perseverance, and tenacity. I learned early to embrace challenges and view them as catalysts for innovative solutions, which has been essential for navigating my career. I’m constantly inspired by the Venezuelan people’s resilience, fortitude, and tenacity; this cultural foundation continues to fuel my commitment to achieving my own goals while encouraging others to overcome challenges and reach their full potential. As communal and familial bonds are a cornerstone of Venezuelan culture, I also strive to bring a sense of camaraderie and inclusivity to the workplace. I believe that embracing diversity leads to innovation, problem-solving, and organizational success, and my goal is to draw on the richness of my Venezuelan heritage to foster an environment of empowerment and mutual respect where everyone’s voice is heard.”
My parents left two beautiful South American countries (Colombia and Argentina) and made huge sacrifices for me to have the opportunities that they didn't have. My Latinx heritage shapes the way I approach every aspect of my career: not letting setbacks stop me from achieving my goals, being honest and respectful, not taking anything for granted, and always trying my best to show up for work with a positive attitude while creating an environment that promotes community. ”
My Hispanic heritage reminds me constantly not to take anything for granted and to always give 100% in my career. My grandparents were raised in Cuba and came to the U.S. during the Cuban Revolution with nothing but the clothes on their back. When they got here, they worked non-stop to provide for their families and started their own business—even without English skills. They instilled that same work ethic in my parents, and in turn, my parents instilled that work ethic in me. I constantly remind myself that if my parents/grandparents were able to achieve their goals, I have no excuse not to give it my all. I am proud to call myself a first-generation Cuban American. ”
Q: What events/shows/movies do you recommend for others to learn about Hispanic/Latinx heritage?
“Encanto" is a vibrant animated musical film set in the enchanting Colombian town of Encanto. The narrative centers around the Madrigal family, with each member possessing a unique magical ability, except for the young protagonist, Mirabel. When the family's magic is threatened, Mirabel discovers she might be the only one who can save it. Acclaimed for its vivid depiction of Colombian culture, stunning visuals, and catchy music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the film adeptly explores themes of family, acceptance, and individuality. ”
Feria de las Flores in Medellín, Colombia is one of the most important cultural events that takes place in Colombia. While the country is a major exporter of flowers, this is the one time of year when intricate designs, made with flowers, are carried on wooden structures called "Silletas" for all the world to see. ”
Q: Tell us about your favorite Hispanic/Latinx traditions.
Cuban coffee has always been a staple in my life. No matter where you are in Miami, at 3:05pm someone is making Cuban coffee ("Cafecito"): a shot of Cuban espresso served in a tiny shot glass. While sipping, coworkers gather to chat about their day and fuel up for the rest of the afternoon. Another Cuban tradition I look forward to every year is Noche Buena (“the Good Night”), which is celebrated on Christmas Eve. Families gather together to cook traditional Cuban food (white rice, black beans, yuca, etc.) to accompany the main dish: a whole roasted pork slowly cooked throughout the day. Family members work together to cook the pig, all while partying, laughing, and enjoying one another’s company. ”
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