How We Help You Grow 

We provide innovative, proven people strategies that drive results.
We fuel businesses with top talent, so you can achieve your goals.
We help you develop and engage the talent you need to grow.
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We believe every company deserves to have a proven
strategy to attract, develop and retain the right people.

We understand that many businesses don’t have the talent they needed to
fuel growth. After seeing these challenges in our work with 250+ companies,
ML Talent Strategies was created to help ensure that more businesses can have a proven
system to have the right people, with the right talent, at the right time to grow their business.

With help from a network of top talent experts, our team is ready to help you
customize a step-by-step talent strategy to grow your business with confidence.

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Meet Our Leadership Team 

Chris Mills

Chris Mills

Chief Operating Officer/Partner

Chris is an innovative, service-oriented leader with 27 years of experience across multiple industries including manufacturing, healthcare, business to business service, energy, and consumer products.

She believes that through effective talent strategies, Human Resource leaders can have a larger impact on the organization outside of the traditional HR scope. That’s why she enjoys coaching leaders to achieve their best self and drive organizational performance by helping them develop goals and strategies to ensure talent is the engine for growth.

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Azure Gray

Aszure Gray

VP, Business Development

Aszure is an engaging, candid leader who has spent nearly fifteen years growing and developing leaders for some of Indiana’s top companies. Her expertise spans business development, talent strategy, training, leadership development and human capital analytics with clients across industries; including manufacturing, tech and professional services.

In her role at ML Talent Strategies, Aszure focuses on her passions of pursuing potential, exceeding expectations and delivering results both directly to her clients, as well as indirectly to every one of your clients and customers.

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Azure Gray

Bryan Kelley

VP, Business Development

Bryan, an Indiana native, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from IUPUI and has 30 years of seasoned, professional experience in relationship and business development, event management, marketing, nonprofit operations, partnership development, sales, and nonprofit fund development. His prior professional experiences and expertise has been shaped by organizations that include Indiana Black Expo, United Negro College Fund – Indiana, the Indy Chamber, National FFA, and the Indiana Convention Center.

His role will be to lead new membership sales for trueU and ML Talent Strategies and help develop deeper relationships with current members as well.

Bryan who resides in Carmel, is driven by his faith and family, and has been married to his wife Stacy for 20 years and has two children, daughter Courtney (19) and son Cameron (15) who inspire him daily.

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Shannon Stroud

VP, Talent

Shannon Stroud is a solutions-driven professional with more than 30 years of experience as a leader in areas including Human Resources, Training, Professional Development, Coaching, Marketing, and Operations. She is highly skilled at building successful teams that not only achieve their goals but exceed them.

She began her career in the banking industry working for a Fortune 100 bank. Here she held numerous positions within banking centers before moving to the commercial side of the bank. It was there she held positions in sales, marketing, and training & development while supporting global activities with an emphasis in Latin America. She has also worked for a Not-for-Profit, a SaaS organization, as well as a professional coaching firm.

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Carla Downing

VP, Talent

Carla has a well-established record of results, with more than 20 years of experience teaching, training, designing, developing, and managing high-end learning solutions and programs and 15 years of experience developing high-performance teams.

She delivers successful outcomes by listening to client needs and ensuring the alignment of desired outcomes with individualized and team-focused deliverables. Her background in learning research allows her to streamline the training process by combining the use of instructor-led training, job aids/infographics, and eLearning solutions.  Primary focus areas include gap analysis; instructional design; eLearning design and development, process design and aligning performance metrics to measurable outcomes.

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Matt Wiegmann

Talent Business Partner

Matt is a curious and energetic leader with five years of experience recruiting in nonprofit and for profit industries. He has helped companies refine and simplify their systems and processes to hire more and better people. He loves to talk with people, learn about their strengths, and help connect them to the right opportunity.

Matt believes when a business places people first, everything else falls into place. With that in mind, he sees recruitment as one of the most impactful ways to contribute to a business’s success.

Matt studied Leadership and Psychology at Indiana Wesleyan University where he received his Bachelors. He resides in Indy with his wife and their two little boys. In his spare time, he enjoys disc golf, outdoors, and learning new skills.

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Mike Lantz


Mike’s purpose in life is to lead, inspire and coach others to reach their greatest potential. As an entrepreneur, talent expert, and a highly sought after talent strategist; working in business and talent strategy, training, leadership development, and talent attraction for over twenty-five years, Mike knows how challenging growing a company can be.

Mike has worked with companies in business and talent strategy and employee development solutions across 31 different industries, helping him to refine a proven system that works for any size company or industry.

As Chief Learning Officer at DEFENDERS, Mike fueled rapid expansion for the company by casting a vision of making talent the engine for growth.  Under his leadership, DEFENDERS’ Leadership & Development department was recognized by Training Magazine as the 17th Top Training organization in the world.

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