Michelle Curran is a former US Air Force fighter pilot and Lead Solo for the Thunderbirds. She flew as the only female pilot for the team and performed for millions across the country and internationally. After transitioning out of the military, she founded her own company, Upside Down Dreams, which empowers people to overcome obstacles and the fear of failure. She was named Distinguished Alumna of the Year by the University of St. Thomas in 2021.
Why you should book Michelle “MACE” Curran for your next event
- Michelle “MACE” Curran is a highly experienced and accomplished speaker, with a wealth of knowledge and insights to share on leadership, teamwork, and overcoming obstacles.
- She is a former combat-proven fighter pilot and Lead Solo for the Thunderbirds, making her a powerful role model for anyone looking to push their limits and achieve their goals.
- Her company, Upside Down Dreams, is dedicated to empowering people to overcome obstacles and the fear of failure. Her motivational speeches are sure to inspire and energize your audience.
Michelle Curran has led an impressive career as a Fighter Pilot during her 13 years in the
United States Air Force. From 2019-2021, she flew as the only female pilot for the Air Force
Thunderbirds and performed for millions across the country and internationally. Michelle
was also named the Distinguished Alumna of the Year by the University of St. Thomas in
2021. She has been featured on several well-known media platforms, including The Kelly
Clarkson Show, CBS Evening News, and Glamour.
Before joining the Thunderbirds, Michelle was a combat proven fighter pilot completing
missions across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She has a passion for pushing her limits,
inspiring others, and changing lives.
As the Lead Solo for the Thunderbirds, Michelle realized the flying was cool, but the best part
was inspiring others to overcome their fears and pursue their dreams. Since transitioning out
of the military, she has founded her company, Upside Down Dreams, and is committed to
empowering men and women of all ages to overcome obstacles and the fear of failure. She
has inspired thousands through her passion for breaking barriers and setting the example of
what can be accomplished through handwork.
When Michelle isn’t speaking, she volunteers as part of the Veteran’s Outdoor Advocacy
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Group, spends time with her stepson and husband rock climbing, and pursues her
mountaineering goals. Michelle and her family enjoy their home city of Las Vegas as a hub to