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Discover the captivating journey of MACE’s career as a Fighter Pilot and Lead Solo Pilot for the Air Force Thunderbirds, as she shares her personal struggles with self-doubt, imposter syndrome, and finding her identity in a high-performance, type-A culture. She will inspire you to embrace discomfort and push beyond your limits through breathtaking visuals and a powerful story.


Flying Through Fear: How Vulnerability Fuels Success

In a world where we’re expected to excel at hiring, team-building, and high-performance, success often comes down to our ability to take bold actions and step outside our comfort zones, and gaining a new perspective is sometimes what we need to make that happen.Even the most seemingly unshakeable individuals have faced doubts and obstacles, and seeing that they’ve overcome them can be the catalyst for change that an audience needs.

In this 30 or 45 minute keynote, MACE takes her audience on a surprising and compelling journey through her career as a Fighter Pilot, culminating in her role as the Lead Solo Pilot for the Air Force Thunderbirds.

MACE’s transformation from struggling with fear of failure to flying inverted only inches from other aircraft at 500 mph will inspire audiences to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Drawing on over a decade in high-performance aviation, MACE teaches audiences what they are capable of when they let go of fear, lean into vulnerability, and make bold choices despite facing self-doubt and imposter syndrome.Are you ready to take flight and overcome your fears?

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Explore your potential by letting go of fear, embracing vulnerability, and making bold choices, as MACE shares her decade-long experience in high-performance aviation and her own transformation.


Going To War With Your Inner Critic

We all feel the pressure to conform, gain approval, and meet expectations, regardless of our confidence and independence. This pressure can make us self-critical and hinder our success.However, our inner critic can be transformed into our biggest advocate by understanding its workings and gaining a fresh perspective, thereby reducing its power. In this workshop, MACE uses her valuable perspective on channeling her inner voice to work for her in a high performance environment to help you do the same. Participants will develop a better understanding of their inner critic and learn how to use it to tackle future goals.

Everyone Has A Callsign

Fighter pilot callsigns tend to sound at least kind of cool. However, they don’t get to choose them. They are given based on a mistake that was made as a young pilot. From that point on, they are worn on their name tags as a badge of honor. This tradition is based on humility, in celebrating the obstacles overcome, and to shape a productive view of failure. They help create a culture where mistakes are viewed as opportunities to learn and improve and where people feel safe to fess up when they misstep. In this workshop, MACE takes participants into the world of a fighter squadron, where admitting errors and using them as learning opportunities is the norm. Participants will develop a new perspective on past failures that they can use to grow from future ones, culminating in earning their own callsign.

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Be MACE's Wingman

Soar to new heights with Michelle “MACE” Curran, former USAF Thunderbird pilot, author, and motivational speaker.

In her newsletter, MACE shares empowering stories and tips to help you face your fears and take calculated risks. You will also get first access to new programs, courses, and news!


Tailored engagement opportunities with MACE to suit your needs.

MACE strives to provide value through a wide range of engagement options, including but not limited to webinars, informative fireside chats, panel appearances, and meet and greets. This category is perfect for those seeking a customized and flexible experience to meet their specific needs and interests. MACE’s engaging style and inspiring messages are sure to leave a lasting impact on attendees, regardless of the format chosen. Drawing on her wealth of experience in high-performance aviation and personal transformation, MACE offers a unique perspective in each engagement, making it a valuable learning experience for all involved.Across all engagement types, MACE is commitment to helping individuals and teams overcome obstacles and achieve success.

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Experience the transformative power of MACE’s messages today!

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Topics Covered

MACE weaves lessons of courage, determination, perseverance, and grit throughout her personal stories focused on the topics below. She delivers inspiration to her audience while being surprisingly vulnerable and relatable.

Facing Your Fears

Overcoming Self-Doubt

Dealing with
Imposter Syndrome

What We Gain
Through Vulnerability

The Power Of Creating
A Culture of Trust

Blasting Toward Bold

Thanks for Stopping By!

I began Upside Down Dreams as a way to continue to give back and honor all the amazing mentors I have had along my journey from shy little girl to Lead Solo for the Thunderbirds. My story is full of not feeling like I was enough, being afraid to fail and facing imposter syndrome. Today, I face my fears, I can handle set backs and have put self-doubt in it’s place and I want to empower others to do the same and find their greatest potential.

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