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 

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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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

Chief Revenue Officer/Partner

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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Carrie Baird

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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Emily Everman

Emily Eversman

VP, Client Success

Emily is an experienced and self-motivated HR professional with 15 years of experience in diverse environments across multiple industries including medical devices/services, manufacturing, agriculture and retail. She has managed the development and maintenance of Human Resources programs across several countries. Emily is adept in implementing programs and changes in fast paced environments that enhance company positions and lead to success. She brings a proven record of successfully managing HR efforts and serving as a crucial leader for HR teams and employees.

Emily completed her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University and her master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. She lives on the westside of Indianapolis and is an active volunteer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boone County.

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Jane Richardson

Jane Richardson

VP, Client Success

Jane Richardson brings extensive human resources and legal experience to help organizations design and implement effective HR operations that align with corporate strategy.

After 15 years of corporate law practice, she transitioned to human resource executive roles in healthcare, banking and not-for-profits as VP of HR, Chief Compliance Officer and Senior VP of Administration.

At ML Talent Strategies, helps clients in various areas; including talent acquisition, employee relations, organizational development & planning, compensation, performance management, benefits administration and HR compliance.

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Carla Shrake

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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