Becky Blades is a strategist, writer, artist, entrepreneur and civic enthusiast. Since selling her first company, Blades & Associates Public Relations, in 2002, Becky has served as chairman of Trozzolo Communications Group and has started four fun teeny tiny businesses: Travels With Lola, offering tours of France, Ze Jolie, an arts and accessories design business, CP1, a real estate company, and Startistry, a creative consulting firm.

Educated as a journalist at the University of Missouri, Becky worked as a reporter, a marketing copywriter and a publicist. She worked in two publicly traded corporations and launched public relations departments in two ad agencies, developing specialized knowledge in aviation, insurance, financial services, politics and professional services.

A graduate and Fellow of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program, Becky mentors and advises leaders of growing businesses and is an active angel investor. She speaks locally and nationally on the subjects of entrepreneurship, public relations and creativity.

Becky is chair-elect of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City. Among Becky’s proudest accomplishments are raising two stARTistic daughters and a third-place win at Start-Up Weekend.

Her blog,, celebrates creativity and the art of beginnings – from art to business innovation. Her art can be viewed at