Kristel Bell

Surprise Powerz

Founder & CEO

Kristel believes in the power of girls and was inspired to love STEM from her mom who had an early career in computer science. Bell is the Founder and CEO of Surprise Powerz, a WBE and MBE certified STEM centric doll company building confidence and learning in diverse young girls.

Maria the Mathemagician, Codie the Coder, Vera the Vet and Astro the Astronaut are 16-inch-tall soft dolls speaking over 75 phrases, singalongs and sound effects that engage little learners in the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering, and math. Her dolls are inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders.

Bell is proud to partner with Target to get STEM dolls in the hands of more girls nationwide. Surprise Powerz dolls have been featured in publications and outlets such as Yahoo News, NBC 5 and ABC 7.

In addition to Surprise Powerz she founded a nonprofit called Black Girls Movement where she helps black girls gain equal access to STEM education. Bell holds about 10 years of Global Marketing experience from working at companies like United Airlines and PEOPLE magazine and is a proud member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.