My first interaction with Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) was back in '08 for an introductory conference at their headquarters in Santa Monica. I was new to the industry, so I was completely oblivious at the time to how different the conversation was in those meetings from a typical training session for investment advisors. The focus was things like relaying the latest academic research or setting the stage for better communication with clients. Most events like that held elsewhere in the industry had a far different tone: which products had the best payouts for advisors or which managers had hot performance recently.
I'm thankful for all of the high quality training from DFA over the years and proud to call their exceptional team a partner. Check out this article from The Wall Street Journal - Making Billions with One Belief: The Markets Can't be Beat to learn a bit more about them. Also, here's a brief summary from their perspective.