Estela was born and raised in El Paso. She is the youngest of three siblings and a first-generation El Pasoan with strong community ties.
Estela graduated from Burges High School. She went on to attend Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, with a Voice Performance scholarship, but returned to her hometown to pursue a career as a broadcast journalist.
After years of on-the-job experience, Estela decided to go back to school and complete the coursework needed for a degree. She graduated in 2005 from the University of Texas at El Paso with a BA in Communication.
Throughout Estela’s 32 years of experience, she has interviewed President Barack Obama about border issues, covered two Papal visits to Mexico, and investigated conjugal visits for inmates at CeReSo prison. She has also done stories on border politics and women’s health issues.
She's earned many titles over the years, but the ones she's most proud of are being a mother and a cancer survivor.
Estela was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2010 and has helped hundreds of women and men struggling with thyroid cancer and thyroid disease cope with their disorders by reading about her experiences on her blog and her news stories.
She has been named to the El Paso Women's Hall of Fame and is featured in a historical book called "Texas Women: Trail Blazers, Shining Stars and Cowgirls”. She says that she would like to be remembered as a woman proud of her Mexican culture and heritage, who was an advocate of women and children’s health issues.
We certainly have no doubt that she will be remembered this way, especially after having had her own mammogram broadcast so that women could see and relate to it. Many women have since told her, "If you can do it, then so can I."
Melanie Fatuesi was born and raised in the small auto manufacturing town of Swartz Creek, Michigan. She joined the Army at 18 and has traveled the world, serving from Somalia to Guantanamo to Korea. Melanie continued her travels after ending her service and worked as a Government Contractor in Italy. Upon her return to the United States in 2009, she was discovered by Dr. Bill Mitchell in El Paso while volunteering with the Chapin Marching Band. He offered her a position with the local Dale Carnegie Group where she worked solely until 2014. She started as an office assistant; however her fearless approach to life and her ability to connect with people quickly transitioned her from the office to one of El Paso’s most sought after up-and coming speakers. She is currently recruiting nurses for a major corporate hospital in addition to her many speaking engagements. She enjoys serving on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters and being featured as on air talent with El Paso’s local PBS station KCOS where she also served on their board of directors from 2014-2016.
She has spoken on stage with Les Brown, motivational speaker, Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and with Forbes Riley of QVC/Home Shopping Network, just to name a few. Melanie has won several awards for speaking as well as her most recent award as the Nov 2017 Peak Performer for her recruiting performance. Prior awards include 2013 Human Resource Professional of the Year for the El Paso Human Resource Society and the Top Entrepreneur Selection for the Spirit Business Angel Award; however, she is most proud of accomplishment of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmaster International. Melanie has one son, Luka who recently graduated from and works for Stanford University and she resides on the west side of El Paso. www.succeedachievelead.com