Set Your Notions in Motion
Mar 08, 2024 7:15 AM
Becky Blades, writer, artist, strategist, stARTist
Set Your Notions in Motion


Becky built and sold the award-winning communications firm, Blades and Associates, which served diverse organizations in industries from health care to aviation, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Before that, Becky launched creative marketing departments in other growing companies.

She has chaired boards of directors, both corporate and not-for-profit, and continues to serve on boards and their committees.

Becky is a Fellow of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program and serves as a mentor, advisor, and investor to startups and early-stage businesses.


Becky enjoys a portfolio creative career of writing and making art.

She writes on topics from innovation and creativity to personal growth, and creates visual art by herself and in collaboration with others. See her art here, and see her writing here.

Becky has worked in live theater, and has created special events and creative gatherings, including a sold-out comedy show.


Becky brings creativity to the communities she loves.

An active civic servant, Becky focuses her work as an advocate for the arts, youth and entrepreneurship.

She served for nine years on the Board of Directors of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, including serving on the Executive Committee and as chair of the Metropolitan Entrepreneurs Council.

Becky is past chair of ArtsKC, the Regional Arts Counsel, where she helped lead a region-wide community process to create the first-ever Regional Cultural Plan. She currently serves on the board of Starlight Theatre.

She’s served dozens more community boards including the Greater Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girl Scouts Mid-Continent Council, and others.


Becky earned her Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she was the Associated Press Hal Boyle Scholar and a graduate of the Honors College.

Becky has been a guest lecturer at academic institutions including the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management, The University of Missouri School of Journalism, The University of Kansas School of Journalism and The Kansas City Art Institute.


Becky is a bad cook, a hopeful gardener, a passionate tree hugger and a licensed private pilot.

She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband of 37 years, Cary Phillips. They have two daughters, Tess Phillips, living in Los Angeles, and Taylor Kay Phillips, living in New York City.