Bridget Aileen Sicsko is the founder of Exalted Publishing House, a Podcast Host, and a Leadership Consultant. She helps successful entrepreneurs stand out and be featured as a leader in their industry through sharing powerful stories, writing best-selling books and gaining global recognition. Bridget’s hope behind the books is to bring information, knowledge, wisdom, and hope to people all over the world. She believes in the power of words, stories, and voices to shift the way we view reality, our potential, and our purpose on the planet.
In addition, she considers herself a master community builder and has gathered hundreds of female leaders in her online community, mastermind program, networking events & women’s circles. Bridget also hosts a Podcast called “The Gathering MVMT” where she has interviewed over 60 entrepreneurs, TedX speakers, authors, thought-leaders, & visionaries to discuss success consciousness, leadership, kundalini yoga, energetics, and quantum reality. Bridget has been featured in Authority Magazine, Women’s Business Daily, Thrive Global, The Medium, on Ticker News, News 12 New York, and numerous podcasts. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and a border collie – a beagle, Finn.
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Thank you so much for giving us your time! Before we begin, could you introduce yourself to our readers and take us through what exactly your company does and what your vision is for its future?
Bridget Aileen Sicsko: Yes! My company has a few limbs. One part is the independent publishing company. Exalted Publishing House has a simple philosophy: change the world through words. We aim to work with a small number of entrepreneurs, organizations, and businesses each year to uphold the highest standard of intimacy and personalization in the cathartic writing and publishing process. We mainly work in the realms of the alternative, disenfranchised & different by sharing stories that aren’t always spoken through mainstream channels, like healing trauma, alternative healing, and self-love.
We help Entrepreneurs, Visionaries, Founders, CEOs, Thought-Leaders & Organizations who are ready to elevate their business, increase their credibility, and up-level their cash flow through writing books. Beyond the publishing company, we also host networking events for leaders to connect and build strategic relationships. Lastly, we host a women’s leadership mastermind group to gather the top minds from all different industries and backgrounds for creative problem-solving, brainstorming, and to leverage the power of community.
My vision for our future is to shift consciousness on the planet through what we consume: books, podcasts, conversations, food, and more. I believe in the power of gathering the minds together who think differently and are ready to share their message with the world on larger stages.
NO child ever says I want to be a CEO/entrepreneur when I grow up. What did you want to be and how did you get where you are today?
Bridget Aileen Sicsko: I was just having this conversation with my incredible holistic therapist yesterday. I told her that when I was young (early teens) I loved real-estate and had this idea to move my family to Austin, Texas because I believed you could get more “bang for your buck.” I put together a PowerPoint of why. My dad, a fellow entrepreneur, said “she is going to be an entrepreneur one day.”
To be honest, I had no idea of what I wanted to be when I grew up. My parents both had an entrepreneurial spirit and guided me to just follow what lit me up. I worked many jobs in my early teens and into my college years. I wanted to learn what I liked. I worked in Jewelry Direct Sales, as a Golf Club Concierge, interned in the Training and Development Department for a Major Hotel Company, worked for startups in college, and ultimately landed a job in Sales in New York City after college.
I quit that job after about 10 months and decided to pursue my passions for holistic health, yoga, alternative medicine and start my own business at 23 years old.
I began to put together all the puzzle pieces of my past experiences and education (Digital Marketing and Organizational Leadership) to get to where I am today working with hundreds of women from all over the world.
Tell us something about yourself that others in your organization might be surprised to know.
Bridget Aileen Sicsko: I am the opposite of a perfectionist. It might be my greatest strength and weakness at the same time. While others are stuck in inaction and indecision, I forge forward and just take action following the mantra, “done is better than perfect”. Sometimes, I need to be reminded to take a breath and slow down.
Many readers may wonder how to become an entrepreneur but what is an entrepreneur? How would you define it?
Bridget Aileen Sicsko: I believe an entrepreneur is someone who forges their path, is willing to take calculated risks, and has a vision of building something new and different that hasn’t been created yet.
What is the importance of having a supportive and inclusive culture?
Bridget Aileen Sicsko: To me, having support and inclusive culture is crucial. An entrepreneurial journey itself can be isolating as you may have lots of ideas and only you to bring them to fruition in the beginning. Having your people and your community to lean on is paramount. As the business grows, the leader must take a look at workplace dynamics, team building, and focus on inclusivity.
How can a leader be disruptive in the post covid world?
Bridget Aileen Sicsko: As an entrepreneur, I believe the brain is wired to look for solutions and new ways of doing, leading, and living, which is perfectly suited to navigate Covid and a post-Covid world. A leader can be disruptive in a post-Covid world by looking at trends, emotional states, new communities that are popping up, and identifying desires that might not have been there before this pandemic. It’s a time for a beautiful and fruitful opportunity.
If a 5-year-old asked you to describe your job, what would you tell them?
Bridget Aileen Sicsko: I help cool people publish books that help others. I gather cool people together to talk and become better friends.
Share with us one of the most difficult decisions you had to make for your company that benefited your employees or customers. What made this decision so difficult and what were the positive impacts?
Bridget Aileen Sicsko: When I started my publishing company, our first project was a co-authored book with 25 female entrepreneurs. The challenge during that process was navigating the growing pains of a new project with 25 people. I had never done it personally before so I had to be as transparent as possible and let my clients know that they were on this new path with me. I believe transparency is the future of leadership, and although it was humbling to admit my mistakes during that time, it felt liberating to be human with my clients.
Leaders are usually asked about their most useful qualities but let’s change things up a bit. What is your most useless talent?
Bridget Aileen Sicsko: My most useless talent in business is my experience practicing Irish Dance, although it’s a great fun fact.
Thank you so much for your time but before we finish things off, we do have one more question. If you wrote a book about your life until today, what would the title be?
Bridget Aileen Sicsko: ‘Be Bold and Break The Mold.’
Jed Morley, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Bridget Aileen Sicsko for taking the time to do this interview and share her knowledge and experience with our readers.
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