HI, I'M MADI FRANQUIZ.
I am a graduate student, small business owner, an international non-profit CEO, and a published children's author. I am also the youngest founding member of the World Literacy Task Force operating under the United Nations SDG 4. I currently serve as its first Youth Ambassador.
My friends call me "Madame Ambassador," but I'm really just Madi. In my free time, I take the opportunity to travel the world to speak on literature, literacy, and life. Furthermore, I live out my calling with the work I do to eradicate illiteracy with early intervention around the globe.
I envision a world where every child can read, write, and be confident to share their story as this enables them to reach their full potential – succeeding at school and beyond. This work begins, right here, in Texas. From a student living in poverty and attending a Title 1 school, to a graduate student on track to obtain my PhD, books opened up a world of possibility that I did not see for myself. I want that same opportunity for all students, regardless of their zip code.
World Literacy Foundation
Hachette Book Group
I have had the opportunity to partner with some incredible brands and corporate entities. Some of the brands I have worked with are...
Madi is the founder of Authoring Life, a 501(c)3 that works to eradicate childhood illiteracy through early literacy intervention. Through books, literacy resources, scholarships, and educational opportunities, Authoring Life is on a mission to ensure that every child, regardless of zip code, has the opportunity to acquire the literacy skills and books they need to become who they were created to be.
Since 2019, Madi has written or co-authored 8 children's books, including the award-winning Priyah and the Magic Pen and The Gems in Your Crown: Sapphire. Madi’s books have been translated into 4 different languages including Arabic and Chinese.
Today, Madi is currently working on her first novel. She is excited to share it with you soon.
Since beginning her speaking career in 2019, Madi has delivered more than 5,000 talks and interviews that have reached 22,000,000 people around the world. In the last 6 months, Madi has traveled over 30,000 miles on engagements. She is currently booking out engagements into fall 2023 and early 2024.
Madi speaks on Christianity, literacy advocacy, education for women, community engagement, and more. Madi's podcast is coming soon.