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FTUIY Episode #51: Anne Butler Montgomery

Written by: Dr. Jaime G. Raygoza

In a fascinating Finding the Unicorn in You podcast interview, Anne Butler Montgomery shares her groundbreaking journey as one of the first female sports broadcasters. Though faced with immense barriers, Anne persevered with passion and grit to forge a multifaceted career.

Breaking Into Broadcasting:

Anne dreamed of being a sportscaster, despite it being unheard of for women in the 1970s. She gained invaluable knowledge by becoming a referee across several sports. This allowed Anne to overcome obstacles and get hired at local TV stations, eventually making it to ESPN anchoring SportsCenter.

Forging Her Own Path:

As the only woman in male-dominated spaces like broadcasting and officiating, Anne endured cruelty. But she refused to quit, instead starting her own officiating crew. Anne emphasizes we all face rejection and urges focusing on the inner drive rather than external judgments.

The Power of Reinvention:

When TV networks pushed Anne out for aging, she reinvented herself as a writer and high school teacher. She stresses having an open mind to change careers and seeking places that appreciate your gifts. Anne found fulfillment through fostering kids after being told she couldn't have children.

Impact Through Education:

Drawing on her varied experiences, Anne instructed students in communications, journalism, and more. She urges young people to engage in hands-on activities that build vital skills for any career, from writing for the school paper to community sports.

The Resilient Unicorn Spirit:

Through every challenge and evolution, Montgomery has defined success on her own terms. She embodies the unicorn spirit of breaking barriers, following passions, and reinventing oneself. Montgomery pioneered opportunities for women across sports media and education.

Unicorn Lesson:

The key takeaway from Anne’s journey is that unicorns turn barriers into breakthroughs. Let no one deter you from your passions. Reinvent yourself boldly, take chances, and define success on your own terms.


To hear Anne’s full inspirational story, check out her episode of Finding the Unicorn in You!

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Anne Butler Montgomery embodies the resilient unicorn spirit. She broke barriers with courage and encouraged generations of students. Anne's trailblazing career reveals the power of passion, reinvention, and rising after each setback.

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