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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ML Talent Strategies Leadership Team

Mike Lantz

Chief People Officer/Founder

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 EOS® Implementer; working in business and talent strategy, training, leadership development, and talent attraction for over twenty 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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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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Vanessa Brown

VP, Client Success

Vanessa’s professional career spans twenty years in Human Resources leadership, talent development and business growth strategies. With her contagious positive attitude and servant-leadership approach, Vanessa has made it her mission to inspire people to explore their purpose, value their strengths, continuously grow, and strive for their best.

Through ML Talent Strategies, she helps companies both large and small to develop high-performing cultures and drive business results.

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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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Carla Shrake

VP, Client Success

Carla is an experienced talent and HR leader with over 18 years of helping organizations grow by maximizing their employees. Her experience has been in fast-growth companies that are cutting edge in their technologies and best practices.

She is highly skilled in overall talent strategy, talent development, employee engagement, compensation design, HR system implementation and talent attraction. Carla’s personality has led her to connect with all levels of the organization helping to bring companies together to achieve their organizational goals.

Throughout her career, she has played an integral role in helping companies implement industry-leading HRIS software. Her experience has led her to have extensive experience in systems including ADP, Oracle HCM, and Ultimate Software.

As a Talent Strategist for ML Talent Strategies, Carla helps organizations build, implement and manage their talent strategy to drive business results.

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Carrie Baird, SPRM-CP & PHR

VP, Client Success

Carrie is an encouraging and versatile leader experienced at providing an equal mix of strategic vision and hands-on HR and talent leadership. She is skilled at leading teams toward common goals, emphasizing accountability, respect and collaboration.

Carrie chose the Human Resources profession because she has a passion for helping people develop careers, cultivate positive cultures and grow businesses. With over 15 years of experience leading all facets of HR, talent attraction, talent development, employee recognition, performance management and employee relations, she believes in the power of teams to move business objectives ahead.

As VP, Client Success for ML Talent Strategies, Carrie helps organizations build, implement and manage their HR and talent strategy to drive business results.

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