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Bonita Banducci

Lecturer, Women's and Gender Studies


Current work

Originally named “Unmasking the Gender Effect” this work has been redefined as Gender Competence® for its proximity to Cultural Competence, for understanding cultural differences, with an added dimension of focusing on understanding and working effectively with differences in terms of naming differences in terms of “competencies.” I use cultural and psychological terms of Individualistic and Relational in place of traditional Masculine and Feminine and articulate sets of Individualistic and Relational Lenses and Competencies that are also relevant to different cultural lenses, providing for and encouraging self identification and well as linguistic and mindset guidelines for identifying and working with others by “adapting” and “adopting.” Adapt others to your competencies; Adopt to speak the language of the other in order to convey your own thinking effectively. In my Gender and Engineering class for the Graduate Engineering Core Engineering and Society requirement, students, men and women, from all cultures, gain insights about themselves and others. I incorporate brain science from other authors, Michael Gurian and Barbara Annis and Linguistics from Deborah Tannen that expand on the original research I did at Sun Microsystems for a Vice President who wanted to know “What is the Contribution Women Make That Could be the Strategic Advantage in the Global Marketplace.”



“What’s Different About Women’s Leadership in Philanthropy” A Workshop and Paper Given for Indiana University Center on Philanthropy’s Women in Philanthropy Conference August 25-26, 2005.
This paper is focused on Women in Philanthropy yet applies to women’s leadership in any field. The one factor that makes the most dramatic difference for women and men in differences working together is managing DEVIL’S ADVOCATE deducting reasoning and introducing the collaborative, inductive reasoning of ANGEL’S ADVOCATE.

Available in a shortened version from Jossey-Bass Publisher in New Directions For Philanthropic Fundraising edited by Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha Taylor, 2006. 

Making Differences Work: Closing the Gender Gap—What We Can Do. Co authored with Julie O’Mara and Jeffrey Wildfogel.
An Executive Handbook written for and published by the Royal Bank of Canada, originally written for executives when then was distributed throughout the organization, given to vendors and customers as well as any company requesting to use it. It was also given away at the 1995 United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing with accompanying workshop on Building Global Partnership between Women in Business and Women in Development.