Currently, the exclusive benefits of being a Fellow of Global Equity include:
- Use of the Fellow of Global Equity designation – FGE
- Exclusive opportunities to attend Fellows-only events
- Preferential rates for GEO’s Annual Conference and regional events
- Lifetime membership to GEO, post-retirement from the industry
- Lifetime recognition as a Fellow of Global Equity subject to continued compliance with Fellows’ standards.
The GEO Fellows Selection Committee is comprised of current members of the GEO Board of Directors and active Fellows. Although applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year, the Selection Committee meets in Spring and Fall to evaluate submissions and welcome successful applicants into the program.
Yes. Information about the annual (or lifetime) fees can be found on the GEO website and in the Fellows brochure.
Like most Fellowship programs, GEO charges a fee to offset the cost of offering this opportunity to our members. The fee and related discounts will be reviewed regularly, and a minimum 30 days’ notice will be provided should the fee be adjusted.
No. The Fellow designation is an honor that does not attract compulsory time commitments. Attendance at Fellows-only events or meetings is entirely optional.
Yes, even if you will be retiring in the future, this honor represents the status you have achieved during your career. Should you ever decide to return to the global equity profession (even on a part-time or consultative basis), this designation will serve to illustrate the knowledge and contributions you have made.
Please review the criteria carefully. We understand that people change careers and that everyone’s background and circumstances are different. If you feel you qualify, please apply.
No. We aim to distinguish professionals from around the world and across the industry. Regardless of background and focus area, a Fellow may have worked as an issuer, service provider, academic, researcher or consultant (or a combination).
Yes. Applicants are required to submit a minimum of ONE letter of recommendation; however TWO or more letters are strongly recommended. Since our selection committee does not know everyone in the industry personally, this type of support will serve to strengthen your application and will have a significant impact on its success. If you are not able to obtain one (or two) letters, we still recommend that you apply.
GEO will notify applicants as soon as possible after the Selection Committee meets in Spring and Fall. You will receive an email from the committee with a decision regarding your candidacy. If you are accepted, you will also receive an invoice, the balance of which is due 30 days after you receive your email.
No. As long as you remain in good standing (i.e. you abide by the Fellows Code of Conduct and settle your annual dues on time), you will remain a Fellow. Should you retire from the industry, you can apply to have our annual fees waived while retaining the designation.
We recommend that you apply. All applications are handled confidentially and, if you are not accepted as a Fellow for the current year, you can request feedback about your application which can help to strengthen your submission in the future.