Michelle MACE Curran

  • Featured Talent
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Fees* $20,001 - $35,000

Tagline: Inspirational Speaker

Talent Highlights

  • Trailblazing Thunderbird Pilot: Michelle Mace Curran’s illustrious career as a Thunderbird pilot places her among the elite in aviation history, breaking barriers and defying expectations in a male-dominated field.
  • Leadership Excellence: As a former Thunderbird pilot, Curran exemplifies the pinnacle of leadership, demonstrating precision, agility, and resilience in high-pressure situations, inspiring audiences with her remarkable leadership journey.
  • Empowering Keynote Speaker: Leveraging her experiences as a Thunderbird pilot, Curran delivers captivating keynote presentations that empower individuals and teams to embrace change, overcome adversity, and achieve peak performance in their personal and professional lives.
  • Inspirational Storyteller: With her riveting storytelling ability, Curran captivates audiences with firsthand accounts of her aerial maneuvers and the lessons learned from her time as a Thunderbird pilot, leaving a lasting impression on all who hear her speak.
  • Customized Engagement: Curran’s presentations are tailored to resonate with diverse audiences, offering practical insights and strategies for success that can be applied across various industries, ensuring maximum relevance and impact.

Keynote Topics

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?

Michelle Mace Curran is a strong advocate for gender equality in the aviation industry. Her keynote on breaking barriers celebrates the achievements of women in a traditionally male-dominated field.

Through her experiences, she inspires both men and women to challenge stereotypes, embrace diversity, and pave the way for a more inclusive future.

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.

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.

Aviation is no stranger to turbulence, and neither is life. Michelle’s keynote on embracing adversity shares powerful stories of overcoming challenges both in the air and on the ground.

Audiences learn how resilience, adaptability, and a positive mindset can turn turbulent situations into opportunities for growth.

Welcome to the world of aviation through the eyes of Michelle Mace Curran, a distinguished and inspirational keynote speaker based in the vibrant city of Las Vegas. Michelle is not merely a pilot; she is a trailblazer who navigates audiences through captivating journeys woven with her rich experiences in the aviation industry. With an unwavering […]

Welcome to the world of aviation through the eyes of Michelle Mace Curran, a distinguished and inspirational keynote speaker based in the vibrant city of Las Vegas. Michelle is not merely a pilot; she is a trailblazer who navigates audiences through captivating journeys woven with her rich experiences in the aviation industry. With an unwavering passion for flying and a gift for storytelling, Michelle leaves her audience inspired, motivated, and poised to soar to new heights in both their personal and professional lives.

Michelle MACE Curran | Inspirational Speaker

Early Beginnings:

Michelle Mace Curran’s journey to becoming a prominent figure in the aviation world started in a small town in Northern Wisconsin. Despite her humble beginnings, she possessed an indomitable spirit and a relentless drive to pursue her dreams. However, it may come as a surprise that Michelle was once a super shy kid. It was through the values of hard work and encouragement instilled in her during her formative years that she began to realize her potential.

A Remarkable Career:

The apex of Michelle Mace Curran’s career, and what ultimately led her to her current path, was her tenure as a Solo Pilot for the Air Force’s prestigious demonstration squadron, the Thunderbirds. This chapter in her life not only solidified her reputation as a skilled aviator but also served as a testament to her dedication, discipline, and resilience in the face of challenges. Michelle’s experiences with the Thunderbirds provided her with invaluable insights into leadership, teamwork, and the pursuit of excellence.

Keynote Speaking:

As a keynote speaker, Michelle seamlessly blends her passion for flying with her talent for storytelling, creating an immersive experience for her audience. Through vivid anecdotes and captivating narratives, she offers a unique perspective on topics such as overcoming adversity, embracing change, and achieving success against all odds. Michelle’s presentations are not just informative; they are transformative, leaving a lasting impact on individuals and organizations alike.

Why Book Michelle Mace Curran:

Event planners seeking to elevate their events should look no further than Michelle Mace Curran. Here are a few compelling reasons why she is the perfect choice for your next gathering:

  1. Inspirational Storytelling: Michelle’s journey from a shy kid in a small town to a renowned aviation trailblazer is a testament to the power of perseverance and passion. Her storytelling ability captivates audiences and leaves them inspired to chase their dreams.
  2. Expertise in Aviation: With years of experience as a pilot, including her time with the Thunderbirds, Michelle brings unparalleled expertise to the table. Her insights into aviation, leadership, and teamwork are invaluable for individuals and organizations alike.
  3. Engaging Presentations: Michelle’s dynamic speaking style and engaging presentations ensure that audiences remain riveted from start to finish. Whether addressing a small group or a large audience, she has a knack for connecting with people on a personal level.
  4. Customized Content: Recognizing that every event is unique, Michelle works closely with event planners to tailor her presentations to meet the specific needs and objectives of each audience. Whether it’s a corporate conference, a leadership retreat, or a university symposium, she delivers content that resonates.
  5. Positive Feedback: Countless testimonials attest to the impact of Michelle’s presentations. Attendees consistently praise her ability to inspire, motivate, and empower them to take action in their personal and professional lives.


In conclusion, Michelle Mace Curran is more than just a pilot; she is a force to be reckoned with in the world of keynote speaking. Her compelling story, coupled with her expertise and engaging speaking style, makes her a standout choice for events of all kinds. By inviting Michelle to share her insights and experiences, event planners have the opportunity to create an unforgettable experience for their audience—one that will leave them inspired, motivated, and ready to reach new heights.

For an event that leaves a lasting impression, book Michelle Mace Curran through Speakers Inc today.

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