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Elizabeth Riley

Elizabeth G. Riley  

Adjunct Lecturer

A.B., Columbia University, Barnard College
M.B.A., Harvard Business School
Academic Division

​Elizabeth was President and Co-Founder of Mazza and Riley, Inc., an internationally recognized executive search firm focused on recruiting general partners for venture capital and buyout funds, senior management for emerging growth companies in datacom, telecom, computer software and hardware. In addition she recruited top management for media and communications companies including paging, cellular, digital mobile, wireless data, satellite, multimedia, magazine and book publishing and broadcasting (including broadcast, cable TV, and radio).

Her company grew a strong client base with recurring revenue based on providing superior value-added service in specific vertical markets to Boards of Directors and CEO's-including recruiting, money raising, mergers, and strategic planning. It developed and sustained long-term productive relationships with a core group of venture capitalists with significant telecom portfolios from early-stage to post-IPO companies.

Mazza and Riley was sold to Korn/Ferry International, the largest executive search firm in the world, in late 1996.

Prior to this, Elizabeth started another firm which was merged into Spencer Stuart, a large multinational consulting company. She also worked in Product Management at General Foods for several years and worked at Johnson and Johnson, where she was licensed by Atomic Energy Canada Ltd to run a nuclear reactor.

At Babson, Elizabeth teaches New Ventures and a class she created on Raising Money from family and friends, Angels, VC's and Incubators. She is the faculty advisor to the companies (13) in the Babson and Olin College of Engineering incubators. She has also taught entrepreneurship in Xian, Shanghai and Beijing for the US department of Commerce and taught for HBS in the Participant Centered Learning Program at Fudan University in Shanghai.