First launched by Ayman Sawaf in 1989 as “Enchanté Publishing,” KidsEQ is a children’s media company whose mission is to promote Emotional Literacy at home and in schools.
With our award-winning books and videos, children around the world are learning to recognize, understand, and express emotions in a healthy way — while having FUN!
Focused initially on children’s emotional education, Enchanté was a media company dedicated to promoting Emotional Literacy at home and for families. Enchanté published a 21–book series on emotional literacy and a 6–book series on the magic of color. Enchanté and its affiliates also created, produced and released two award-winning feature films and three television series for children. These were created in conjunction with media partners SONY, Warner Brothers and HBO, along with producers Norman Lear, actress Shelly Duvall and former Disney animator Jim George.
Founder / Concept Creator / Executive Producer
Ayman Sawaf is an international visionary entrepreneur, author and musician. He has founded and personally funded a variety of companies in the US, Europe and the Middle East promoting personal and spiritual development and healthy eco-centric lifestyles.
He is one of the original creators of the discipline known as Emotional Literacy. Through his Enchanté Entertainment company, he has created and published the Emotional Literacy Series, executive produced award-winning movies and a series of television shows with major Hollywood studios. He is the co-founder of a market-defining non-profit dedicated to emotional literacy Feel.org that promotes the needs of teaching emotional literacy at home and school.
Ayman is also an early pioneer in Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and creator of the Four Cornerstone Model and its application in business as illustrated in his international best selling book co-authored with Dr. Robert Cooper, Executive EQ. He has spent the last 22 years building the evolutionary foundation for entirely new systems and industries that will monetize the ability of these perspectives to optimize human capital by providing new maps to evolve our relationships with ourselves, our family and the workplace.
He has also composed and released eleven musical albums and two film scores.
Ilene Dillon – Contributor
Trained as a Social Worker, Ilene graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds two California licenses–an MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist; MFT 4757) and an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker LCS 7035). She also holds a lifelong teaching credential for California Community Colleges. As a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association since 1984, Ilene served four years on the Northern California Chapter’s Board of Directors, and was Member of the Year in 1993-94.
Since 2004, Ilene has been creator/host of Internet radio’s Full Power Living, dedicated to transforming our world through the power and mastery of human emotions. Known as “The Emotional Pro,” Ilene has worked as a psychotherapist, author, Internet radio host, coach, continuing education provider and professional speaker. She is a frequent media guest. Ilene is also founder of Raise Incredible Kids, dedicated to helping parents know how they’re doing as parents and helping kids remain the incredible people they are at the moment of birth. Her mission is to exponentially increase the love in individual, family, community and the world, which has led her to learn about all emotions.
Known as “The Emotional Pro,” Ilene has worked as a psychotherapist, author, Internet radio host, coach, continuing education provider and professional speaker. She is a frequent media guest. Ilene is also founder of Raise Incredible Kids, dedicated to helping parents know how they’re doing as parents and helping kids remain the incredible people they are at the moment of birth. Her mission is to exponentially increase the love in individual, family, community and the world, which has led her to learn about all emotions. Ilene has a simple model for why we have emotions, how to allow and work with them, how to learn from them, why it’s important to then let them go, and how to become master of your emotions.. She has collected 40 years of clinical information about human lives, problems and triumphs, which she uses in her own masterful style. She, like all of us, reports that she is “still learning” in this “Giant School” called Earth. Ilene is author-in-progress of Born to Learn, which outlines the system of this Giant School and depicts our human role as learners.
Ilene lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has resided since 1968. An avid gardener, skier, backpacker, swimmer, animal lover and cook, Ilene believes much of her wisdom in helping others has resulted from living as a married, divorced, single, step and adoptive parent, as well as being herself a child of divorce. Ilene lives with four cats and a dog and her husband, neurosurgeon Robert A.Fink, M.D., F.A.C.S. Together, Bob and Ilene’s blended family includes 6 children, 3 “children-in-laws” and 5 grandchildren, all of whom are fantastic individuals who add to the quality of this world. Ilene has worked more than 40 years as a psychotherapist, with her approach based on Spiritual Principle. Now coming into vogue (at last!), working with spiritual principle enables anyone to solve the knotty problems of life so they don’t keep coming up over and over again.