Where we come from has everything to do with who we are. And that’s the phenomenon we’ll explore in season 2 of In Progress, as host Aurora James, founder of Brother Vellies, takes listeners on a candid, intimate journey with standout entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Luminaries like Melanie Elturk, Patty Rodriguez, Anine Bing explore how their origin stories and formative cultural experiences have shaped and continue to shape their careers—for better or worse. Presented in partnership with TUMI, In Progress offers up an inspirational and actionable roadmap to owning our personal narratives and living fully in our present selves.
In Progress S2: Melanie Elturk
Melanie Elturk started law school at the age of 20. A couple years later, she went on to found the chic hijab and accessory company Haute Hijab. On this week’s episode of In Progress, Melanie takes a deep dive with host Aurora James into her academically rigorous upbringing and how her connection to her family heritage evolved into a huge part of her passion.
In Progress S2: Anine Bing
Anine Bing founded her namesake label in 2012, and suddenly it seemed like every cool girl on the ‘gram was rocking her minimalist, rock ‘n’ roll chic wares. On this episode of In Progress, Anine and host Aurora James discuss how Anine’s homey upbringing in Sweden and experiences traveling the world as a model were formative to her ability to utilize digital tools like blogging and IG way before everyone else caught on.
In Progress S2: Patty Rodriguez
Patty Rodriguez is not only senior producer of On Air With Ryan Seacrest, but she’s also a serial entrepreneur. On this episode of In Progress, Patty and host Aurora James explore how being raised by immigrant parents in Southeast LA was a huge part of her drive to succeed.
In Progress S2: Biet Simkin
Biet Simkin started meditating while she was still in diapers. Raised by a shaman, Biet’s spiritual upbringing has always had a huge presence on her life. But after early adulthood brought unimaginable tragedy, a life-threatening illness, and struggles with addiction, Biet had to return to her roots in a major way in order to reclaim her future. On this episode of In Progress, the buzzy spiritual teacher and author digs in deep with host Aurora James about the importance of honoring your origins.
In Progress S2: Tiffany Aliche
Raised in a super financial-savvy household, Tiffany Aliche—a.k.a The Budgetnista—put all the pieces for a secure future in place by her early 20s. But then the recession hit, and it spelled financial disaster. On this episode of In Progress, Aliche breaks down how being forced to start over and return to the basics was the reality check she needed to get back on her feet and start empowering other women to do the same.
In Progress S2: Sadie Lincoln
Sadie Lincoln, founder of buzzy fitness brand Barre3, grew up off the grid in a counterculture, women-led community. On this episode of In Progress, she discusses with host Aurora James why acknowledging both the light and dark parts of your origin story is integral to charting your path forward.
Love Aurora’s interview skills. She offers a great perspective and asks insightful questions.
Girl Bosses Unite!!!
I'm in love with season 2 and only one episode has been released. Aurora's a great host and I'm excited for the other amazing girl bosses she will be talking to. Definitely on my list of podcasts to keep up with.
Aurora and Melanie’s experiences complement each other so well. I desperately needed to hear from the positive forces these women are, as a girl in her early twenties in love with fashion and trying to figure life out. THANK YOU 💖