Mar 14, 2016

Tuck Spotlight: Kelly Stuart T’97, creator of Scrub Bugs

Kelly Stuart T’97 has almost 20 years of experience building brands and bringing new products to life for consumer goods companies such as Gillette and Procter & Gamble. She is also a mother of two amazing little girls ages six and two.

Kelly is currently launching a new product: Scrub Bugs, surgeon-inspired hand scrubbers for kids. Scrub Bugs are creating an entirely new category of healthy hygiene for kids.

Back her mission by supporting her Kickstarter campaign.

1. What was the exact moment when you first felt like you were a part of Tuck’s community?

In the first assembly you attend when you arrive at Tuck, the administration describes the backgrounds of your classmates and the two year journey on which you are about to embark. It was at this moment that I realized I was officially part of a very special community filled with incredibly talented and motivated people.

2. Who had a profound impact on you during your time at Tuck and why?

Professor Shank was the most amazing teacher. He was incredibly demanding, but made learning fun. He was a true legend at the school.

3. What’s your favorite Tuck/Dartmouth/Hanover/Upper Valley event and why?

The Covered Bridges Half Marathon. It is a beautiful run with strong sense of community.

4. Fill in the blank: every visitor to the Upper Valley needs to_____.

go to the Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival.

5. What’s a challenge that you’re currently working on solving? Or perhaps a world problem you’d like to see solved?

I am currently launching a product for kids to improve their hand washing effectiveness. Hands are the #1 carriers of sickness causing germs so cleaner hands means healthier kids.

6. What do you personally feel is the key to good leadership?

Embracing the concept of servant leadership. It makes teams feel motivated, empowered, and inspired.

7. Outside of work, what do you like to do for fun?

I love spending time with my kids and family. I also like to ski, run, and recently I have started to learn how to play squash along with my older daughter.

8. What would your theme song be?

"It’s My Life" by Bon Jovi. It’s somewhat of a stretch, but for the first time I am jumping off the corporate track to pursue a dream of starting my own business so it is very applicable in that sense.

9. What’s the best piece of advice you can offer on getting ahead? Or, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Figure out what you truly love to do and do it. Once you do this, getting ahead will come naturally.

10. What is one thing that people would be most surprised to learn about you?

I am secretly a country music fanatic. It is the only thing I will listen to in the car (and I have a long commute).