About Mace – Mace Curran

My Story

My Story

Hi, I’m Michelle, but also go by MACE, and I appreciate you stopping by!

I am a small town girl from WI who grew up painfully shy turned Lead Solo for the Air Force Thunderbirds. I have a passion for pushing my limits, inspiring others, fitness, and mountains.

In early 2022, I left active duty to found Upside Down Dreams. I travel the country speaking to organizations on lessons of grit, perseverance, determination, and teamwork.

I empower individuals to shift their mindset to see their true potential.

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My Journey

My Inspirations

My Amazing Family

My Amazing Family

My husband and stepson have been along with me on this wild ride and I would not be able to pursue this dream without them. As a woman, you don't have to choose between a successful career or being dedicated to your family. While there are only so many hours in a day, let's discuss ways you can do both.

Outdoor Adventures

In my free time you can find me rock climbing, mountaineering, or just generally adventuring outdoors. The grit and toughness these sports have developed in me apply directly to my success as a fighter pilot and the lessons I can bring to your organization.


Focusing on fitness has been a constant throughout my entire adult life. It is how I de-stress, makes me mentally tougher, and gives me the endurance to pursue my outdoor hobbies.

Inspiring Others

As a thought leader, MACE is driven by the opportunity to motivate and empower others to reach their full potential. Her message is grounded in the idea that we are all capable of more than we think, and she finds it immensely elevating to see the impact of her message on individuals and teams. This commitment to elevating others is a cornerstone of her dynamic and engaging speaking style.

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