Welcome to GEO’s Fellowship Program

GEO Fellows status is bestowed upon distinguished senior-level members of the global equity and executive compensation industry who demonstrate leadership, integrity, involvement and contributions to the global equity profession.

Those appointed as a ‘Fellow of Global Equity’ (‘FGE’) have shown thought leadership and a high level of commitment to improve global employee share ownership as well as the broader profession throughout their careers.

Fellowship Program Goals:

  • Acknowledge industry leaders;
  • Highlight the best in the field to those inside and outside of the profession;
  • Ensure that thought leaders have a continuing role in the profession;
  • Provide a platform for individuals to continue to serve and participate in GEO;
  • Bring together senior professionals as a resource for continued promotion and development of the profession through a variety of activities;
  • Provide select opportunities for Fellows-only events.

Fellowship Benefits

Global Equity Fellows may access exclusive benefits as part of the GEO Fellows Program, including:

  • Use of ‘FGE’ (‘Fellow Global Equity’) after the appointed person’s name, for example ‘Jane Doe, FGE’;
  • Direct access to Fellows-only events at GEO conferences and events;
  • Invitations to Fellows-only regional and local networking 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*.

All Fellowship Program benefits are subject to continued compliance with Fellows standards.

Who Should Apply?

All individuals who meet the Fellows nomination criteria are eligible for consideration for Fellows status.

Nominations will be considered taking into account:

  • Personal performance as a global equity and/or executive compensation professional;
  • Period of time and level of involvement within the equity compensation community;
  • Leadership in the community and among peers;
  • Integrity, ethics and respect for others and the profession;
  • Innovation and advancement of and within the profession.

The Application Process

Applicants for the GEO Fellows Program must self-nominate.

Applications are made online and welcomed at any time and are reviewed by the Selection Committee in the Spring and Fall.

Only complete applications will be considered. Once submitted, an application cannot be changed.

The following information must be submitted via the online Fellows Application form:

Personal Statement

A statement about why you consider yourself to uphold the values of a Global Equity Fellow (2,500 character maximum, approximately 500 words).

Published Details

Details of any published articles and/or research.


Your CV/resume or a capture of your LinkedIn page.

Two Letters of Recommendation

The letters ideally should:

  • Be addressed from senior colleague(s) within your current company, service providers or related companies, and/or senior-level Global Equity professionals who currently serve or have previously served on the GEO Board;
  • Demonstrate your commitment to global equity, not just in the context of your job role, but also your contribution to the broader profession.

Current Job Description

Details of your current job description in writing, with information about your direct/indirect reporting structure.

Any Other Supporting Information

This may include testimonials and any other documents that you feel would benefit your Fellows application.

Fellows Program Costs

Fellows must maintain an active GEO membership for the duration they are a Fellow, unless in retirement status.

Fellows who are fully retired from the profession can apply to have their fee waived.

Annual Fee


Active Global Equity Fellows will be charged to maintain their Fellow status.

Lifetime Fee


A Fellow can elect to pay a one-time fee for a lifetime membership.

*Subject to change

The Selection Process

The GEO Fellows Selection Committee meets in the Spring and Fall of each year to review applications and select new Fellows.

The committee is comprised of members of the GEO Board of Directors and active Fellows.

  • The selections are final and binding and at the discretion of the Committee.
  • Nominees may apply in future years if they are not selected.
  • Selected Fellows will receive written confirmation as soon as possible following the conclusion of the selection process. Dues and GEO membership must be paid by the specified due date.
  • Failure to make timely payment of Fellows dues and GEO membership will result in suspension and the inability to use the Fellow designation in any manner (CV/resume, LinkedIn, etc.). Fellows who remain in suspended status for more than 120 days will be disqualified and will need to re-apply.
  • Active Fellows will be listed on the GEO website.