Mike Lantz Bio2018-01-12T18:14:27+00:00



ike Lantz, founder and Chief Talent Strategist at ML Talent Strategies, is a twenty-year veteran in the training, coaching and leadership development space. A graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Mike’s stated purpose in life is to lead, inspire and coach others to their greatest potential. This purpose has driven his personal and professional decisions throughout his life.


Prior to launching ML Talent Strategies, Lantz spent nearly eight years as the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) for DEFENDERS, where he led recruiting, training, talent development, team member relations, succession, events, communications and compensation and benefits. Early in his tenure with DEFENDERS’, Lantz cast the vision and developed the strategy for learning & development to be the cornerstone for DEFENDERS’ growth. His teams hard work and business impact was recognized in 2016 when they were named the 17th top training company in the world by Training Magazine.


Before joining DEFENDERS, Mike owned and operated LQ Performance Strategies for 10 years before selling the company in 2009. LQ, a full-service talent strategy firm, served over 250 different companies in 31 industries by developing and implementing customized employee development solutions in the areas of sales and leadership.

Prior to founding LQ Performance Strategies, Mike served as Vice President of Training & Development at the F.C. Tucker real-estate company and Director of Public Relations for USA Baseball.


Mike and his wife Julie currently reside in Fishers, IN with their five children.


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