Women of Google+ : Laura Groves

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.

Women of Google+ : Laura GrovesFeatured G+’er : Laura Groves

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

A longtime friend, a real early-adopter type, sent me an invitation a few days ago.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

Google+ seems to have the potential to function like a combination of Facebook (in which I have primarily connected to people I’ve met in “real” life) and Twitter (where I “met” lots and lots of interesting folks who I’ve mostly not had the privilege of meeting face-to-face. The “circles” feature makes it easy to keep things manageable and organized, and not having a number-of-character limit permits, I think, more freedom of expression. In addition, I do like being able to sign in to Google in a global way and switch to, say G+ or mail or the Reader so easily.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

Social media generally are great fun, but can also be time-hogs if you let them. The fact the Google+ makes being organized so easy means that it’s only my own fault if I end up spending more time on it than I intended!

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

Having thought it would be ideal to combine the functionality of Facebook and Twitter in one, I do think Google+ could supplant them both. Obviously this depends on the people one knows deciding in significant numbers to participate in Google+, and many people I know feel they can barely deal with whatever social media forum they are on at the moment (usually Facebook). I would hope that the “tipping point” comes sooner rather than later and Google+ gets to the point of critical mass!

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I’m an airline pilot with an M.A. in Byzantine Art, which about covers what you might call both ends of the spectrum. I studied for my Master’s degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, which I was fortunate to do on a full scholarship that I won based on my grades in undergrad. There is a large reference encyclopedia called the Dictionary of Art, published by Macmillan, in which I wrote a few of the articles and worked extensively on the index. I don’t use my art history background in my job anymore, obviously, but I still love to visit museums and galleries and enjoy collecting works by local artists. Originally from the Northeast, I’ve now lived in California for 17 years and hope to live here for at least another 17! I learned to fly at Oakland Airport’s North Field, flying Cessnas and Beechcraft Duchesses, and then worked as a flight instructor before getting hired at my first airline job. At SkyWest Airlines I flew the Embraer Brasilia and the Canadair Regional Jet. I have worked at Southwest Airlines for nearly three years and fly the Boeing 737.

When not on flying duty, I like to hike with my Samoyed, Heidi; take vinyasa yoga classes; prowl around my local independent bookstore; and dream of trips I will take when I next have a couple of weeks’ free time. After making my first trip to South America (hiked the Inca Trail in Peru; what an amazing experience) earlier this year, my next trip will be closer to home and include mountain biking and rafting in Moab, Utah, after a stop in Monterey, CA for the annual, incredible Jazz Festival.

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