Bonita Banducci teaches Gender and Engineering for Santa Clara University’s School of Engineering Graduate Program in the Core Curriculum, Engineering and Society. She is an Gender expert on how to retain and promote women in the Engineering Workplace for Mentornet, which provides professional mentors to women and underrepresented minorities in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) majors in hundreds of universities throughout the United States. She is President of Banducci Consulting based in Hayward, and was named one of the 100 Women of Influence of Silicon Valley.
Her original research in one of Silicon Valley’s Fortune 500 companies “What is the Contribution Women Make that Could be the Strategic Advantage in the Global Marketplace?” launched her specialization in Unmasking the Gender Effect. Banducci is a founding faculty of the Santa Clara University’s Global Women’s Leadership Network, sponsored by the Leavey School of Business and is a faculty member and coach for the Women Leaders for the World Program. She has taught Leadership Experience at the Leavey School of Business.
Banducci’s training work in gender differences and leadership, based in brain science, language, perception, paradigms and “Competencies,” adds a powerful dimension to coaching women and men, facilitating change and accelerating new behaviors. Her workshops and focus group work provide new thinking to leadership, and increase productivity, innovation, and promotability for both women and men.
As Senior Consultant for Banducci Consulting, she has worked with Adaptec, Amgen, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, KLA-Tencor, Leadership Sunnyvale, Lifescan, Sun Microsystems, NASA Ames, Navy Corps of Engineers, US and California Environmental Protection Agencies, Xilinx, as well as organizations from local government, Santa Clara County and City and County of San Francisco and social benefit sectors, The Girl Scouts, YWCA and Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Banducci represented the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women at the UN World Conference on Women in Beijing leading a workshop on “Creating Partnership of Women in Business with Women in Development for Sustainable Global Development.”
She has delivered workshops at Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, and Stanford’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender as well as women in technology conferences, WITI, Society of Women Engineers, Santa Clara University Women and Business.
Banducci earned her BA Degree in Sociology as a member of the Pioneer Class of University of California, Santa Cruz. It was her 10 years as General Manager of trend-setting retail store and restaurant on Union Square in San Francisco that ignited her interest in women’s leadership. She later studied and worked with Dr. Fernando Flores, co-author of Understanding Cognition and Computers, whose linguistic work spawned a new generation of human communication technologies. She is a graduate of the Fetzer Institute’s Healing the Heart of Diversity Facilitation Leadership Program.
- Making the Differences Work: Closing the Gender Gap-What We Can Do
Banducci co-authored this Executive Handbook for the Royal Bank of Canada (now RBC), that was distributed to all employees, vendors, and customers as a guideline for the Bank’s commitment.
- “Women’s Philanthropic Leadership, How is it Different?” The Transfomative Power of Women’s Philanthropy Edited by Martha A. Taylor and Sondra Shaw-Hardy. Sponsored by The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, Jossey-Bass, an Imprint of Wiley, San Francisco, 2005
These two Working Papers are available at www.genderwork.com/publications.