Assessing State Competitiveness: A Discussion with CNBC's Scott Cohn on Massachusetts' Business & Economic Climate

📅 Wednesday, September 28, 2022

🕛 12:00 – 1:00 pm et

 📍   Zoom


Policy SeriesAssessing State Competitiveness: A Discussion with CNBC's Scott Cohn on Massachusetts' Business & Economic Climate

The Massachusetts High Technology Council invites you to join us at noon on Wednesday, September 28 for a virtual Policy Series discussion with CNBC Special Correspondent, Scott Cohn, focused on Massachusetts’ business and economic competitiveness.  

Competitiveness with CNBC's Scott CohnCohn, the creator of CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business, the widely cited rankings that score all 50 states on over 85 measures of competitiveness, will be joined by MHTC Co-chair John T.C. Lee, Ph.D., President and CEO of MKS Instruments, and Director Jane Steinmetz, Managing Principal of EY’s Boston Office.

The discussion will examine how Massachusetts fared in the 2022 rankings and explore key factors influencing the direction in which the Commonwealth is trending relative to other states. 

The program will also feature key state competitiveness and workforce findings in the Council’s dynamic data platform, Massachusetts Technology, Talent and Economic Reporting System (MATTERS™) Originally launched in 2015 in partnership with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Council developed MATTERS™ to advance our mission to make Massachusetts the world’s most attractive place to live and work, and in which to create and grow businesses within the innovation ecosystem. The reconfigured version of MATTERS™ expands the platform with an updated design for sleek visualization and new features for accessibility. 

Data highlights from MATTERS™ will inform the discussion to profile Massachusetts’ economic competitiveness, talent, and business environment in the national context. The hour-long online event will close with a Q&A.

Register today to hear important perspectives on where Massachusetts is leading in its economic and business climate, and where there is room for improvement, compared to other states. 

Attendance for this event is free, but pre-registration is required. 


Please contact MHTC’s Director of Policy and Research, Matt Blackbourn, with any questions or concerns. 

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Assessing State Competitiveness: A Discussion with CNBC's Scott Cohn on Massachusetts' Business and Economic Climate

Scott Cohn

Special Correspondent

Competitiveness with CNBC's Scott Cohn Assessing State Competitiveness: A Discussion with CNBC's Scott Cohn on Massachusetts' Business and Economic Climate

Scott Cohn develops in-depth features and special reports for CNBC and, including the influential annual series “America’s Top States for Business,” which he created in 2007.

He also covers breaking news for CNBC and NBC News, and he is a contributor to the popular public radio program Marketplace. A sought-after public speaker and the owner of a Northern California-based production company, Cohn serves as a consultant to national media organizations, and is a producer and special correspondent for the true financial crime series “American Greed.”

Cohn assumed his current role after more than 25 years as a CNBC reporter. He helped launch CNBC in 1989, eventually rising to Senior Correspondent. He established the CNBC Chicago bureau as well as the network’s investigative unit. Along the way, he reported on many of the most important business and financial stories in CNBC’s first quarter century. They include the Enron and WorldCom scandals, the technology bubble, the 2008 financial crisis, and the human and economic devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He has traveled to all 50 states, reported from more than a dozen countries, and interviewed the famous and infamous, from Warren Buffett to Bernie Madoff.

Cohn is a three-time national Emmy nominee—all for investigative reporting—as well as a two-time CableACE nominee.

He has reported some of CNBC’s most acclaimed documentaries, including “Billions Behind Bars: Inside America’s Prison Industry,” which received a 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). His groundbreaking documentary, “Remington Under Fire: A CNBC Investigation,” received a 2011 Gerald Loeb Award—the highest honor in business journalism—as well as top honors from IRE, the national organization of Investigative Reporters and Editors. The program helped lead America’s oldest gun manufacturer to agree to replace millions of allegedly defective triggers on its most popular rifle.

Before joining CNBC, Cohn was an anchor and reporter for ABC affiliate WZZM in Grand Rapids, Mich. He has also worked as an anchor and reporter for NBC affiliate WEAU in Eau Claire, Wis., and for Wisconsin Public Radio and Television. A native of Chicago, Cohn holds a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, where he currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the School of Journalism. He was also a founding board member of the Center for Journalism Ethics. In 2005, the University honored him with its annual award for Distinguished Service to Journalism.

Competitiveness with CNBC's Scott Cohn - John TC Lee, President & CEO of MKS Instruments

John T.C. Lee, Ph.D.

President & CEOMKS Instruments Competitiveness with CNBC's Scott Cohn

John T.C. Lee, Ph.D. has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of MKS Instruments, Inc. since January 2020.

Prior to that, Dr. Lee was their President and Chief Operating Officer from May 2018 to December 2019, and their Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from November 2016 to May 2018. Upon joining MKS in 2007 through October 2016, he served in leadership roles managing various business units, culminating to Senior Vice President of Business Units. 

Prior to joining MKS, Dr. Lee served as the Managing Director of Factory Technology and Projects within the Solar Business Group at Applied Materials, Inc., from February 2007 until October 2007. From 2002 until 2007, he served as General Manager of the Cleans Product Group and the Maydan Technology Center for Applied Materials. Prior to Applied Materials, Dr. Lee served from 1997 until 2002 as Research Director of the Silicon Fabrication Research Department at Lucent Technologies, Inc., a voice, data, and video communications provider. From 1991 until 1997, he was a Member of the Technical Staff in the Plasma Processing Research Group within Bell Labs. 

He currently serves on the MKS Board of Directors (since 2020) and as Vice Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts High Technology Council (since 2021). Dr. Lee was appointed a Director of Cognex, a leader in machine vision systems, software, and sensors on May 4, 2022, and serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. Dr. Lee holds a BS from Princeton University and both an MSCEP and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in Chemical Engineering.

Competitiveness with CNBC's Scott Cohn - Jane Steinmetz, Managing Principal of EY’s Boston Office

Jane Steinmetz

Managing Principal of EY’s Boston Office

Competitiveness with CNBC's Scott Cohn

Jane Steinmetz is a business leader within EY who brings over 25 years of experience serving Fortune 100 clients, leading high-performing teams, and advocating for change.

In her role as Office Managing Principal of the EY Boston office, Jane is responsible for overall client service, market growth and internal management of the Boston office, in which there are over 2,300 assurance, tax, transaction and consulting professionals.

As a managing principal and business leader, she is connected to top leadership and uses her experience to guide strategic, client service and operational recommendations.

Throughout her career, Jane has been a tax professional who has consulted with a diverse array of taxpayers on state tax matters. In her resident state of Massachusetts, she works closely with the business community, Department of Revenue, Legislature and Governor’s Administration on tax policy. Her consultation has involved high profile controversy matters, nexus considerations, large scale compliance functions, apportionment nuances, and driving legislative state tax changes of critical importance for some of the firm’s largest clients both nationally and across the globe.

Prior to her current role, Jane served as the New England Market Leader for Financial Services and has led the national Financial Services state and local tax practice for EY, managing a team across the US, London, and India.

Jane is skilled in bringing the full power of the EY multidisciplinary practice to assist our clients across a spectrum of areas, including transaction support, supply chain, tax, legal, finance, talent, diversity, and inclusion.

Jane is also active in giving back to the community, pursuing her passion to personally make a difference in youth mentoring, women advancement, and equality for all. She is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, United Way, and the National Association of Corporate Directors – New England chapter. She serves on the executive committee of the Massachusetts High Tech Council, Massachusetts Business Roundtable and on the Boston Club corporate advisory board. She currently serves as the chairwoman of the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation. She also engages with numerous local charitable organizations including NVNA Hospital, International Institute of New England, Northeast Arc and Strong Women Strong Girls.

For her professional and personal accomplishments, Jane has been named to the Boston Business Journal Power 50 and Women Who Mean Business. She was also a 2020 Boston Chamber Pinnacle Award recipient, a Massachusetts Society of CPAs 2018 Women to Watch honoree, and Girls’ LEAP Honoree of the Year.

Jane started her career at PwC and joined EY in 2011. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rhode Island College and her J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. She is a member of the Massachusetts and Connecticut bar associations.
Jane resides in Cohasset, Massachusetts with her husband of 25 years, four children and two Newfoundlands.