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Gayle Lantz is a leadership expert and founder of WorkMatters, Inc., (www.WorkMatters.com) a consulting firm dedicated to helping leaders think and work smarter.
A sought-after consultant, executive coach, facilitator, and speaker, Gayle works closely with executives and leadership teams to expand their vision, think and act strategically, and inspire change. Together, they increase business results and help make work matter at every level of the organization. Among her clients are NASA, Microsoft, MassMutual, Southern Company, Lockheed Martin, BBVA Compass Bank as well as a variety of small and mid-sized professional service firms.
Gayle runs senior executive roundtable groups comprised of executives from non-competing industries. Participants meet regularly to exchange ideas, sharpen executive leadership skills and gain objective perspective to help them grow their business.
Gayle is author of the award-winning book Take the Bull by the Horns: The Busy Leader's Action Guide to Growing Your Business...and Yourself.
Before starting her own business, Gayle worked as an executive in the insurance, financial services and investment industry. She most recently held an officer level position with TIAA-CREF -- a leader in its industry serving those in the academic, medical, cultural and research fields.
Gayle’s articles and/or quotes have been featured in a variety of national and global business publications including BusinessWeek, Harvard Management Update, Wall Street Journal Online, FastCompany.com, CEO Online and The New York Times.
Gayle is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and has been honored as one of Birmingham’s Top 10 Women in Business.
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“Gayle is like a breath of fresh air! Through her unique approach, she brings enthusiasm, creativity, and different perspective as we prepare to meet the President’s vision with NASA’s new Space Exploration Program. We are a better NASA for having partnered with Gayle Lantz!“ ~Steve Pearson, Senior Executive, NASA – Marshall Space Flight Center
“With Gayle’s help, I have challenged myself to do what I really want and need to do in my role.” ~William Nicrosi, Leavell Investments
“Through the group experience, I have been able to clearly define my life values and priorities so I can be at my best. When you are ready to move forward in your career or leadership—if you are seeking a radical change or if you simply want to explore the dynamics necessary to lead your team to be the best it can be–it is helpful to have the feedback of respected professionals you trust. Gayle provides that feedback and quickly gets to the heart of the matter. I highly recommend masterminding as a tool to catapult your career to the next level!“ ~Sherri Van Pelt, Glenwood
“Our organization is sold on Gayle Lantz and her ability to create value! We selected Gayle, not because of her stellar business credentials, but because she encouraged a collaborative approach, rather than a one-size-fits-all method. Because of this approach and her leadership, the program we implemented is benefiting both the company and its employees.”~Leigh Grantham, CEO, CHELCO
“Gayle’s consulting has enabled us to view reorganization issues as opportunities, to create possibilities that are significant and cause us to stretch, and to take concrete action quickly about things we can control. Her support has enabled our team to transition to the new organization.” ~Donna Smith, Director of Human Resources, Southern Company
“Gayle is an extraordinary executive coach! She is an exceptional listener and is spot on with advice on how to handle and advance your career and goals. I highly recommend Gayle’s executive coaching… Working with Gayle has been a priceless experience.”~Jeff Windham, JD, CFE General Counsel / Senior Forensic Analyst
“Gayle brings a prolific creativity combined with an experience base of lessons learned that allows new executives to accelerate their learning and to achieve early, positive impacts on their organizations. She is like having the combined Fortune 500 CEO mentorship library rolled into one person. She continues to be a valued member of the NASA leadership team and is instrumental in achieving the results for America’s human space exploration program.” ~Tom Williams Manager, Propulsion Systems Department NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center
“Gayle is a great energizer, and asks all the right questions. Engaging with her work is a great way of making the best of your working life.” ~John Lees, Author, How to Get a Job You’ll Love (McGraw – Hill), United Kingdom
“Gayle has an amazing ability to be very ‘present’ when you’re engaged in conversation with her. She can translate a wealth of experience into extremely relevant business guidance.” ~Tom Breur, Principal, XLNT Consulting, the Netherlands
“We approached Gayle to help us develop our growth strategy at a time when stakes were high. Gayle introduced new ideas, processes and resources to challenge our thinking, clarify our vision, aid our decision-making and help us execute most effectively. She offers a perspective that is both innovative and practical. This has been a very enriching experience resulting in improved communication, new developments, achievable goals and solutions for our current challenges. Gayle is a valuable part of our team.”~Gina McWilliams, CEO, Real Time Medical Data (RTMD)
“Gayle’s help we’ve narrowed our focus to areas that are most important to the future and growth of the firm. Gayle has been invaluable in leading us to clarify our vision and strategy. Consequently, we are targeting our efforts, executing plans and better positioning the firm for exciting growth opportunities.”~Ralph Q. Summerford, President, Forensic Strategic Solutions PC
“Gayle delivered a Keynote program for Microsoft to fit their conference theme, INSPIRE… “I wanted to pass on our sincerest of thanks for your dedication to the Delivery Excellence Summit. Your coaching and people development expertise helped make this event successful and memorable. I was very impressed with you and welcome the opportunity to work with you again.”~Karen Knoetgen, Event Planner/Owner Microsoft Corporation