Hillary (Rosin) Hansen ’93

Hillary (Rosin) HansenHillary Hansen was working on a business concentration in management and marketing when advisor John Levato suggested that she consider changing her major to accounting, saying, “This is your path.” Hansen listened. She scored a job at Ernst & Young, found her niche and made partner. She has indeed found her path.

Hansen said that the School of Business was a good training ground for working at a Big Four firm. She said, “Not only did we learn the basics of accounting, but we learned how to work hard.”

The University at Albany provided a variety of activities that Hansen dug into with relish. She was involved in Beta Alpha Psi, Pi Sigma Sigma, the Golden Key National Honor Society, cheerleading and recreational softball. While in school, she waitressed at the Ground Round, worked the register at Oliver’s Beverage Center, gave tours to prospective students and was an orientation assistant for freshman orientation, her favorite on-campus job. After arriving at UAlbany, Hansen barely left for the four years she was in school, prompting her mother to ask whether she was ever coming home. 

One of the few times Hansen did leave UAlbany was on a college trip to Pittsburgh to learn about the dangers of hazing. She was there to represent UAlbany sororities through the Pan-Hellenic Council. Representing the fraternities was Scott Hansen ’93, a fellow accounting major she had not yet met. They immediately started dating, married six years later and will celebrate their 18th anniversary in May.

EY has been a good fit for Hansen. She is able to telecommute two days a week, while still growing her career. She said, “They allow you to add different skill sets constantly. I change my hat every hour and grow every day. ” Beyond her work as the lead audit partner for many global and diverse banking and capital market institutions, she has been involved with performance management, core training instruction, counseling, recruiting and mentoring. Making partner was one of her biggest accomplishments, but she said what felt even bigger was seeing someone she had mentored make partner. 

As a recruiter for EY, Hansen notes that she sees a lot more on resumes these days, leading her to encourage students to stay focused. She said, “Don’t take your eye off the ball. There is a lot of competition.” She advises graduates to think outside the box and take on challenging assignments. 

Hansen grew up in upstate New York, first on Keuka Lake and then moving to the Binghamton area. She and her husband Scott live in Warwick, New York with their children, Matthew age 15, Christopher age 12 and Hallie age 9. Scott started his career at EY and now works for Production Resource Group. The family enjoys the outdoors. They are huge skiers (both water and snow), run, fish, boat, read, watch movies and love their dogs, Maggie and Chloe, and cat Tucker.

The couple established a recreational youth lacrosse league, are on several youth sports boards, and are involved in many of their children’s activities, including coaching several sports. Hansen regularly fundraises for those groups and has also raised money for many charitable organizations including over $100,000 for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a two-day walk of nearly 40 miles, which she has done four times.