BEST OF: Moderna’s Tracey Franklin: A Dose of Optimism

In the Best Of episode, we look back at Tracey Franklin of Moderna, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology company playing a critical role in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic. As the Chief Human Resources Officer, Tracey helps the company to deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients while facing extraordinary pressures, expectations, and conditions. In this episode Tracey and I talked about how Moderna works to solve this global health crisis in real-time, how they manage through hypergrowth, and what steps they took to nurture a culture that brought out the best in their people so they could protect and save countless lives.

Tracey Franklin:

Tracey is part of the leadership team that brought the Moderna’s first product to market–a lifesaving vaccine to assist in a global pandemic.

Ms. Franklin joined Moderna in October 2019 and is responsible for leading the accelerated build of the company from ~700 employees to over 3,000 in under 2 years. Originally a Massachusetts-based clinical-stage biotech, Moderna now operates commercially in 12 countries around the world, while keeping talent and culture as a critical focus area.

Previously, she spent 15 years at Merck & Co., Inc. where she led Merck’s global talent strategy as Vice President, HR Chief Talent, and Strategy Officer and served on Merck’s HR Leadership Team. In this role, Ms. Franklin was responsible for leading the vision, development, and execution of the company’s Talent and Workforce Strategy with a focus on evolving the organizational culture and talent for the future.

Ms. Franklin holds a bachelor’s in communication arts and sciences from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s in industrial and organizational psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

This episode of Lead With We was produced and edited by Goal 17 Media and is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.


Learn more about Moderna at

Connect with Tracey on LinkedIn:

Visit to learn more about Simon’s new book or search for “Lead With We” on AmazonGoogle Books, or Barnes & Noble.