Brickley graduated from Wethersfield High School and went on to the University of Connecticut, where she served on both the women"s tennis and gymnastic teams. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1976, holds both bachelor"s and master"s degrees in engineering, and is a licensed professional engineer
Brickley owns and operates Sage & Swift, a business consulting firm. She is the oldest of three children and spent her childhood growing up in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Brickley began her career after college as an engineer at the United Technologies Research Center in Hartford.
She then spent more than a decade in a variety of different management roles at General Electric Industrial Systems.
She currently owns and operates Sage & Swift, a business consulting firm. Brickley challenged Democratic incumbent John B. Larson.
She said that she would work to reduce ineffective and burdensome government regulations and bureaucracy that make it more difficult for businesses to compete in the global economy, and would begin to seriously address the federal government"s addiction to spending. She then defeated Mark Zydanowicz in the August 10, 2010 Republican primary.
In the November 2 general election, she lost to the incumbent Larson.
Also running were Green Party nominee Kenneth J. Krayeske and Socialist Action nominee Christopher J. Hutchinson.