Ilona Drob and Raffaela Kestel

Ilona Drob is an experienced personal trainer and wellness coach, co-founder of BeThriving Wellness, who has successfully helped hundreds of clients achieve their health and body goals through one-to-one sessions, group training and online coaching in nutrition, fitness, and mindset. But she didn’t always work in health and wellbeing. She previously worked in managerial and sales executive level roles in a corporate career which lasted for over 8 years. It was only after she began to suffer from debilitating migraines which made her intense work life impossible, that she realized first-hand the importance of taking care of your health and wellbeing daily.

 She also runs a small community called: The 7AM Tribe, that empowers and supports women to achieve more out of their fitness, career and life goals. They bond over the same morning routine, train together, meditate, allow for self-reflection and personal growth as well as support each other’s ventures. 

Raffaela Kestel is a huge wellness enthusiast, product manager and meditation teacher that for years has forgotten to look after oneself. She is on a journey of self healing and looking after her body and mind, same like so many other women out there. 

Tell us about your life before the venture/ leading up to your venture?

Ilona: I was working one on one with busy professionals, dedicating most of their time to their jobs and neglecting taking care of their own health. They would often work very long hours and gradually fitness would fall off on their list of priorities. I was there to help them and keep them accountable to show up for their training sessions, eat and sleep better. 

 Ella: I was and still working for a Fintech in London alongside running our venture. Working closely with small companies showcases why our venture is so important. Small companies more so than large corporations struggle very often to implement healthy habits and wellbeing amongst their workforce. Our goal at BeThriving is to help SMEs and their employees to thrive.

Tell us something about your organization. What is it about and how is it helpful for people?

BeThriving Wellness is helping employers to look after their employees’ happiness, mental and physical health by providing a wide selection of bespoke workplace wellbeing programs that include wellness activities, workshops to support from our 1:1 coaches. 


What has been the response of the consumers towards your venture?

Clients and their employees very much enjoy the holistic approach, helping companies to identify how they can improve their employee’s well being as well as to help them implement those new strategies has proven very effective. The employees we work with love the  1:1 approach they receive from us ensuring each individual staff member gets the most out of our programs. Our programs are tailored to each companies’ needs.

How has your life changed because of your venture?

Starting BeThriving Wellness has definitely given us a bigger purpose in life! Goes without saying that running a business does require a significant amount of time and attention, we’ve also encountered many bumps on the road, however we love what we’re doing and see what impact our services have on people’s life, it makes it totally worth it!

Give a motivational message for the audience/women who are reading this.

Remember that ‘no woman’ is an island! If you want to achieve something, find your community, fellow business partner, your ‘tribe’ of women that are on the similar path as you. You’ll see just how much more you’ll be able to accomplish! Surrounding yourself with other women that inspire you, are willing to listen, help and share burdens and successes with you. Be open to new connections and opportunities always!