UC Berkeley Women in Leadership Circle

The UC Berkeley Women in Leadership Circle is a group of Cal alumnae in leadership positions on the Peninsula dedicated to supporting each other and UC Berkeley.

The 2019 inaugural Circle has welcomed 75 Cal alumnae who are leaders in their respective fields, ranging from law, tech, medicine, non-profit, government, and others. The participants meet monthly for conversations and learning opportunities. They are passionate about Cal, their careers, their families, and the philanthropic causes they support


Dee Dee Dickey graduated from Berkeley with an AB in Social Science and wrote her senior thesis on how Americans think and feel about their work. Dee Dee is a coach who supports professionals who want to thrive at work—and in the rest of life. After getting her law degree from Berkeley Law (then called Boalt Hall) she had a challenging and interesting career in environmental law. Dee Dee practiced in California public agencies as well as in private practice In Berkeley. She focused on legal issues in connection with development of California’s coast and on water quality in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dee Dee also served as the Chair of state and local environmental bar associations.

Britt Sellin’s B.S. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley led her to a 30+ year career in HR.  Britt’s professional focus is to always have a business impact while also developing and enabling people to be the best they could be. Britt’s career centered on high-growth tech companies. She has held a variety of senior roles at Cloudera, VMware, and Sun Microsystems. As a CHRO, she built an HR team from scratch, led a company through 10X growth, and also took a company public. Britt is passionate about giving back to the community and is currently working with her favorite non-profit, Cristo Rey San Jose’s Work Study Program. 

Mindy Morton graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in political science in 1994 and received a JD from Yale Law School. Today, she is a partner with the Procopio law firm and litigates intellectual property, internet, and healthcare disputes. She is the proud mom of a 7-year-old daughter who already knows the words to the Cal Fight Song and the Stanford Jonah. Mindy is a long-time season ticket holder for Cal football and basketball, and attended her 34th consecutive Big Game in 2023.  Mindy sang with the University Chorus and the Glee Club at UC Berkeley, and she continues to sing with Schola Cantorum, based in Mountain View. She serves as the Reunion Chair for the class of 1994 and has not worn red for many, many years. Go Bears!

Vision and Values

A strong and engaged Peninsula alumnae community that feels connected to each other and to UC Berkeley.

  • Action-oriented
  • Open-minded
  • Forward-thinking
  • Courteous
  • Empowering
  • Humane and humble

Our Mission for the Year Ahead

Our group will build a table together to be there for each other and for the next generation of leaders (male and female) graduating from UC Berkeley. We will take action to move the needle on causes that are important to us. We are dedicated to:

  • Preserving the Future of Democracy
  • Supporting Equity and Inclusion
  • Offering Mentorship and First Generation Student Support
  • Facilitating Professional Networking

Past Events

APRIL 2020
The Women in Leadership Group hosted a virtual career panel, connecting students with women in leadership positions providing essential career advice. WILP members have also offered to connect with students on a one-on-one basis to help students improve their resume and networking skills, and to connect them to potential job leads.

Newly-appointed Dean of the Social Sciences, Raka Ray, who is also leading Berkeley's Future of Democracy Campaign Theme spoke about her priorities in her roles and helped the group map out our strategy for the year ahead.

The inaugural event was hosted by Economics alumna Jennifer Youstra and featured UC Berkeley Psychology Professor Celeste Kidd, one of 2017 TIME Magazine Persons of the Year.

The Women who Built UC Berkeley by Dr. Gray Brechin

Cal Circles Event

Emi Nakamura, Chancellor's Professor of Economics, discusses inflation in a Women in Leadership Circle event.