Bridging the Bay – Notable Badger – Mindy Whitt

Mindy Whitt BA’01

UW Majors: Political Science and International Relations

Age: 40| San Jose

Regulatory and Compliance Counsel, Sixup Lending LLC

Q&A with Mindy Whitt

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

When questioning a policy/practice at work, a colleague once replied with “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  While this advice was 1) a re-quote, and 2) said somewhat in jest, it was solid advice that resonated with me at the time, and since then.  While I’ve taken this advice and applied it to meaningful, impactful changes I want to see in the world, I’ve found applying it to regular, day-to-day changes I want to see has helped me in my professional and personal life.

What are you reading now?

The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin and Family Trust by Kathy Wang.

What occupies your free time?

Reading, cooking, exploring all the activities and events around the Bay area as a fairly recent transplant (Pinnacles National Park, kayaking in the Monterey Estuarine, SF Ice Cream Museum, skiing in Tahoe, SF SketchFest), and playing brain games on the Peak app.

What was your first job?

Aside from babysitting, a warming house attendant at Sky Hill Park outdoor skating rink in Eagan, Minnesota.

Tell me something about your last job, other than money, that would have inspired you to keep working there.

I thrive working in a dynamic, interesting and intellectually challenging work environment.  My advice is, never become complacent; always challenge yourself professionally.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?

This is an extremely difficult question that I feel I am less than equipped to answer (I should poll third parties for a true response), but (something) interesting about me is that I’m from Minnesota and recently discovered this thing called the cast-iron skillet, and since then, I have the (irrational) confidence to challenge any southern cook to a cook off.  Bring it, Art Smith!

When have you been most satisfied in your life?

I am pretty satisfied with where I am in my life right now!

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider the most significant in your career.

Counseling the 5th largest bank in the U.S. during the financial crisis.  What I learned and experienced during that time has made me the attorney I am today.  

What type of leader inspires you?

One that leads by example, appreciates and recognizes hard-work and dedication at all levels, and provides mentorship and development opportunities.

You can connect with Mindy Whitt on LinkedIn and at upcoming Bay Area Badger events!