Samantha Farr has been a welder for 3 years and created Women Who Weld in 2014 with the help of an REI grant. Samantha holds a Master in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and is the Founder of Farr Side a Planning & Community and Economic Development firm in Detroit.
In 2017 Samantha, Founder and Instructor of "Women Who Weld" was chosen to lead an Innovation Fellowship. Women Who Weld is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, based in Detroit, that teaches unemployed and underemployed women how to weld and find employment in the welding industry. Women Who Weld's 6-week welding program is funded through donations and grants and is subsidized for participants. Women Who Weld was founded in 2014 and hosted two workshops; graduating 8 women and helping them find employment. Samantha Farr intends to create a nationwide or international network of female welders, creating a network can offer support and advice for women in the welding industry or those looking to break into it.