Name and Occupation:
Gloria Montgomery, PhD
Executive Director of Hollywood & Vine Recovery Center
How long have you been in business and what do you like most about the business?
I’ve been in business for over 50 years developing programs all over the country. What I like most about this is that it’s instrumental in restoring families and giving people their lives back. I’ve worked with Bob Hope and I liked bringing entertainment to people’s lives with this business. With the Hollywood & Vine recovery center, we had the opportunity to do several SoberFest Musicals and the event in November 2000 was officially granted by the Governor as SoberFest Day.
What do you enjoy most about being a woman?
I enjoy the freedom of being a black woman in America today. I have the freedom to follow my own career. I enjoy working with all sorts of people across all stratus of society; I felt a compulsion to work in this field and I worked with Martin Luther King and I walked with him on his freedom march. I attended his mass and I did a lot of things that others maybe didn’t get to experience.
What do you hate most about being a woman?
What I hate is how women are being treated around the world. The care and treatment of women around the world is heartbreaking. It’s oppressive. In this day and age, in 2013, what is wrong with the world that we are mistreating people?
What or who influences you the most?
I am influenced by music and good books, but I am greatly influenced when I see people go through the recovery process and see them actively back in their life. That is very pleasing to see people get their life back. When I watch them develop through the recovery process that is pleasing to me.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.
Even though I do a lot of work around the country and I’ve been actively working in the field of addiction and in the field of music, I’m very introverted. I appear extroverted, but I’m actually very introverted.