We understand that a child’s early years is a time of exploration, which is a great time to pair your little girl with a smart new friend that can teach her about the incredible world around her. Unlike other dolls that may actually reinforce harmful stereotypes and work against your little girl’s learning development, our dolls give her a positive role model to aspire to and learn new skills from. Nobody should have to experience feeling disconnected from the world, so our dolls were built to teach by making observations and guiding connections. By providing positive role models, your little girl will gain the confidence she needs to know she is capable of anything she puts her mind to. HAPPINESS IS OUR GOAL.
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Meet Our Founder, Kristel Bell
Kristel Bell created Surprise Powerz because she believes in the power of girls. She understood that to instill confidence and encourage STEM learning from an early age, girls need dolls that look and sound like them.
Like most women of today, the “girl” toys available to Kristel as a kid were for playing princess or mommy. As an adult, she was surprised to see that girls’ toys hadn’t changed much at all. Boys’ toys, in contrast, were already teaching critical skills in serious subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. It was no surprise that so many girls were losing confidence in those subjects as early as the age of nine.
She knew she wasn’t the only one to see this imbalance, and this fueled her to create her own line of dolls to equip girls with critical skills like curiosity, creativity and problem solving. Her first products are Astro, Codie, Vera and Maria — science, tech, engineering and math-centric dolls made to break barriers, solve problems, and reflect the diversity of girls today.
It’s her hope these toys make each girl’s world bigger, and the understanding of her own potential grows. Surprise Powerz is here to inspire girls from a young age to take on the world with confidence and give them the STEM skills they need to reach their full potential.
In addition to founding Surprise Powerz, she also founded a nonprofit in 2016 called Black Girls Movement, where she helps black girls gain equal access to STEM education and resources. Kristel holds about 10 years of global marketing experience from companies including United Airlines and People magazine, and is a proud member of the NAEYC.