Women in 3D Printing (Wi3DP), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting, supporting, and inspiring women using additive manufacturing technologies, is celebrating seven years of operations with a big step forward. As Wi3DP has grown from a blog to a global organization with nonprofit status, opportunities have evolved. Today, the nonprofit announces new leadership structuring as Kristin Mulherin steps into the role of President of Women in 3D Printing.
Founder Nora Touré has been leading the way at Wi3DP since starting a blog in 2014 featuring interviews with women working in the 3D printing industry. In the years since, Wi3DP has become a global community counting more than 23,000 members across all gender identities, coming together in 80 local chapters across 36 countries on six continents.
“I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve achieved over the past seven years: growing from a blog to one of the largest communities in our industry,” said Touré. “Now is a time when we need to think about the next steps for our organization as our team has grown and our programs have evolved. Kristin, as one of our first ambassadors and a Board Director for 2+ years, has shown tremendous talent and appetite for structuring Wi3DP into a sustainable and scalable organization. I am looking forward to witnessing the work she’ll be achieving in the President’s capacity.”
Touré will be stepping into the role of Chairwoman of the Wi3DP Board of Directors, remaining deeply committed to and involved with the group’s leadership.
New Wi3DP President Kristin Mulherin has deep roots in the additive manufacturing industry. She has held leadership positions across various disciplines at companies including HP and Dyndrite, in addition to founding 3D printing consultancy AM-Cubed. Mulherin has deep familiarity with Wi3DP’s internal operations, having been chapter ambassador in Portland, Oregon and a member of the Wi3DP Board of Directors. Mulherin also heads sponsorship opportunities and sits on the executive committee of the TIPE 3D Printing by Wi3DP conference.
“Nora has created a global organization that has seen explosive growth in recent years. Along with the rest of the executive team, I look forward to supporting the men and women of this community, increasing our partnerships across both additive and traditional manufacturing, and providing the support to further develop our initiatives, such as the NextGen and DEI programs. I have grown tremendously with this community, both personally and professionally, and I’m honored to be taking over the presidency,” said Mulherin.
Women in 3D Printing welcomes individual and corporate members to join the growing community. With programming including NextGen — focusing on the next generation of the additive manufacturing workforce — and DEI — expanding beyond the foundational focus in gender parity to address more aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion — Wi3DP continues to grow as a volunteer-driven enterprise.