Embracing Diversity & Inclusion
At GEO, we believe that diversity in our workforce and the inclusion of a variety of views, perspectives, and backgrounds are integral parts of our company's success. This unique mixture in the workforce provides unlimited ideas, increases productivity and innovative solutions for our clients and those we serve.
We believe that work is more than a place you go every day. It is a place of professional growth, exploration, creativity, and interpersonal relationships. It is about being inspired and motivated to achieve extraordinary things. We want our people to take pride in their work and in maintaining a safe and secure environment. After all, it is the combined talents, skills, knowledge, experience and expertise of every one of our employees that makes us who we are.
Our employees around the globe live and work in the communities we call home. In this geographically diverse environment, we learn from each other and share those lessons within and outside our communities.
The inclusion of all employees makes our teams more effective, enhances communication among other people of different backgrounds and experiences, and creates an atmosphere that benefits from the talents and capabilities of our diverse workforce. Inclusion through recruiting, hiring, developing, training and promoting employees of all genders, races, religions, ages, sexual orientations, and physical abilities is essential to our success.
The result of our desire to be diverse and inclusive creates a company culture that is ever more collaborative. Our employees are increasingly more enthusiastic about their work because they are sharing ideas across departments and divisions in inspiring new ways.
GEO Diversity Programs:
Minority in Leadership Award
The 3rd annual Minority in Leadership award winner is Santina Anderson, Program Fidelity Specialist from the Southeast Texas Transitional Center (STTC) in Houston, Texas. Santina was selected from among 20 nominees for this honorable award.
Ted Blanchard, Facility Director who submitted her nomination, mentioned several of the remarkable achievements that Santina made throughout her eight-year career with GEO. As a member of the Corporate Division audit team, she completed several facility audits which resulted in her selection as Employee of the Year at STTC in 2014. Santina’s regular duties include internal compliance audits, PREA coordinator and investigations, OPR investigations, grievance coordinator, serious incident report coordi¬nator, and staff trainer.
Woman in Leadership Award
The staff at the D. Ray James Correctional Facility are proud of their Health Service’s Administrator, Robyn Cross. Ms. Cross is this year’s recipient of GEO’s Women in Leadership Award for 2016.
Ms. Cross easily evokes dynamic leadership qualities. Within the last year, she successfully navigated the institution through two episodes of Chicken Pox. In order to battle this possible epidemic, she quickly utilized her professional expertise and effectively employed her spirit of teamwork.
GEO is Recognized as a 2020 Women on Boards Winning Company
In 2017, 2020 Women on Boards recognized The GEO Group as a Winning Company for its commitment to Board Diversity. Winning Companies champion board diversity by having 20% or more of their board seats held by women. 2020 Women on Boards is a non-profit campaign dedicated to increasing the percentage of women on corporate boards to 20% by 2020.
The GEO Group currently has six Board Members, two of whom are women. These two experienced and talented women are Board members Anne N. Foreman and Julie Myers Wood.