Melea spent the first seven years of her career in academic book publishing: sales, marketing, and editorial. After a year-long writing sabbatical in 2005, she moved into business development for a global consulting firm. In 2008, she combined those two experiences and became a communications and strategy consultant to small business owners, artists, writers, entrepreneurs and large brands. She has worked on content strategy, brainstorming, product naming, and ghost writing for roughly 25 clients per year for the last six years.
As an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology from 2005 – 2012, Melea taught classes to budding fashion designers on creating business plans, negotiating licensing deals, creating web content strategy, and more. She has also guest lectured at Sarah Lawrence College, The Kings College, The Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, Fordham University, the Freelancers Union, NY Cares, the American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA), the Levin Institute (SUNY), NYU (Tisch), and In Good Company Workplaces. Additionally, Melea has facilitated trainings for organizations such as HBO and Ameriprise Financial.