Meet Your Career Advisors
Our team of industry-specific advisors covers the three largest majors at the Gabelli School of Business: accounting, finance, and marketing.
To make an appointment with one of the PPD team members, please make an appointment via GabelliAccess.
We look forward to working with you.
Director of Career Advising for Undergraduate Programs
Cynthia Bush joined the Gabelli School in 2015 from the investment banking firm Houlihan Lokey, where she spent 11 years as the global head of recruiting, training, and mentoring. Under her leadership, the firm received a top ranking in Vault’s Best Banking Employer List and was named the Best Investment Banking Internship Program for 2015. Previously, Ms. Bush spent three years in the MBA career management group at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. The first 17 years of her career were at J.P. Morgan in various roles in the investment banking and sales and trading divisions.
Assistant Director of Career Advising
Industry Focus: Accounting and Taxation
Robin Freedman has been a financial recruiter for the last 18 years, specializing in recruiting and career management for accounting professionals, most recently with the international staffing firm, Robert Half. Robin’s career began in public accounting with Ernst & Young where she obtained her CPA license before moving to private industry to work for several Fortune 500 companies as a corporate accounting and financial reporting professional. Robin obtained her bachelor of science in accounting at Binghamton University’s School of Management and obtained her master of arts in urban education with a concentration in higher education policy and leadership at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Gina Hill LoBasso, PhD
Assistant Director of Career Advising
Industry Focus: Marketing
Gina Hill LoBasso has more than 25 years of experience across business and academia, specializing in the areas of marketing strategy, marketing communication, management and leadership. As the Gabelli School’s undergraduate career advisor for marketing, she helps to make corporate connections for students and prepares them to compete successfully for internships and jobs.
Dr. Hill LoBasso's industry experience includes more than 11 years in business-to-business marketing and sales management. As director of direct marketing sales for the computer publisher Ziff Davis, she was responsible for new business and strategy development with industry leaders including Microsoft, Apple and IBM. She also was responsible for the training, development, and management of a highly successful sales team. Dr. Hill LoBasso has consulted for various for-profit and nonprofit organizations on domestic and international operations; her responsibilities have included developing competitive marketing and sales strategies and designing professional development and management skills workshops.
On the academic side, Dr. Hill LoBasso has taught marketing at Pace University and serves as an adjunct instructor at the Gabelli School. She also has been an assistant professor of mass communication at Iona College, where she earned her MBA. Dr. Hill LoBasso has completed her doctoral degree in management and organizational leadership with a dissertation titled, “Identifying Opportunities for Innovation in Transformational Leadership: An Exploratory Qualitative Inquiry.”
Consumer Insights and Digital, Media & Technology Advisor
Jennifer O’Neil has been an adjunct professor teaching marketing courses at the Gabelli School of Business since 2002. During her 11 years with Kraft Foods, she worked on numerous brand teams including the cheese and frozen pizza businesses. She also worked as part of the Kraft Foods investor-relations team issuing and marketing Kraft’s Initial Public Offering. Prior to Kraft, she worked for The Walt Disney Company and was employed by Deloitte & Touche in various client-service capacities. She earned her bachelor of science in business administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern.
Woody Hancock is the founder and managing director at Strategic Career Solutions, a career consultancy that assists individuals seeking positions in the finance industry, with a special focus on helping college students and graduates find jobs on Wall Street. He has more than 30 years of experience in investment banking at companies including Credit Suisse, Kidder Peabody, UBS, and Bushkin Associates. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and also attended Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.