About Us

Foundation Research Associates (FRA) is the preferred resource for professionals seeking cutting-edge information on the next wave of business opportunities in the areas of finance, law enforcement, government, legal and compliance.

FRA produces more than 20 conferences annually, focused on sophisticated topics and ample networking opportunities for thousands of executives from mid- to senior-level and C-suite. Our team of subject matter experts is often first to market with emerging topics and we pride ourselves on consistently delivering on top-quality operations and logistics to produce a seamless event.

Founded in 2001 as Financial Research Associates, the company is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has expanded its financial roots to serve a multitude of industries under the name Foundation Research Associates – including but not limited to finance, law enforcement, government, legal and compliance. FRA operates alongside its counterpart, RISE, which serves the healthcare community in a similar capacity.

Partner with Us!

Are you looking to reach a niche audience? For highly targeted marketing aimed at key decision-makers, a FRA conference is an ideal opportunity. Often including a speaking role on the conference program, an exhibit booth and many other benefits, sponsorship enables you to shine in a crowded and competitive marketplace.  To learn more, go to our Sponsorship page.

“Excellent content/agenda and panelists! Very impressive! Best conference I have been to in years! Congrats!”

Paula Jurcenko, Huntington Asset Advisors on the inaugural Mutual Fund Distribution Forum

“Speakers have been well prepared, stayed on topic, didn’t provide advertisements. The key was a great combo of industry experts and families.”

Jack Thurman, BKD Wealth Advisors on the Sustainable Family Office Operations and Management conference

Managing Director

Ellen Wofford


Ellen Wofford is responsible for the operational leadership of FRA and all its entities. She is dedicated to constantly improving the systems which create and deliver FRA’s products and services. Based in the North Carolina office she manages the registration, sales, telesales, speaker coordination, meeting planning, human resources, IT and website teams. She has over 17 years tenure in the conference industry.

Ellen holds a M.A. in International Business from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.










































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NEWS & FEATURED EVENTS

3rd Annual Third Party Risk Management & Oversight Summit

March 19-20, 2018 – Atlanta, GA

Best Practices to Mitigate Risks and Ensure Optimal Compliance

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The 7th Annual OCIO and Investment Outsourcing Summit

March 20-21, 2018 – New York, NY

Providing Relevant Insights and Opportunities for Informed Decision-Making

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The 25th Sub-Advised Funds Forum

April 23-24, 2018 – New York, NY

Optimizing Returns via Successful Relationships and Strategies in Sub-Advised and Multi-Managed Funds

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The Private Investment Fund Tax Master Class

May 22-23, 2018 – New York, NY

The industry’s most complete tax event for both private equity funds & hedge funds

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