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The FourBlock Podcast

Jul 26, 2021

A recognized leader in the Exchange Traded Products (ETF) industry, Dr. Scott M. Weiner joins co-host Mike Abrams on this week’s episode for an informative and motivating conversation about his career in finance, the industry at large and ETFs specifically, plus the founding of Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS).

Dr. Weiner shares how he got his start in the finance world, how his career progressed, and how the leadership qualities of veterans inspired the founding of VOWS. The author of The Complete Guide to ETF Portfolio Management, published by McGraw Hill, Dr. Weiner also breaks down what ETFs are and how the book provides everything you need to know to manage an ETF with the knowledge and skill of a seasoned pro.

Dr. Weiner is Head of Quantitative Strategy and a Senior Portfolio Manager for the Exchange Traded Products (ETF) team at Janus Henderson Investors, a global asset management firm with over $400B in assets under management. He is a member of the firm's Index Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the Janus Henderson Foundation.

Prior to his tenure at Janus Henderson, Dr. Weiner was U.S. Head of Equity Derivatives and Quantitative Strategy at Deutsche Bank. His research has been published in Mathematical Finance; The Journal of Money, Credit and Banking; and The Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.

Dr. Weiner earned a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. He is an active member of Harvard Community Partners, a pro-bono consulting firm that advises nonprofit boards. He is the Founder of Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS™).


Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace.

General Charles Krulak coined the term "Three Block War" to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat.

But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block. 

FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers. 

Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, founder of FourBlock, and author of two military transition books. He represents the military transition perspective.

Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey represents the civilian perspective of this issue. 

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Podcast episodes are produced and edited by the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration.