Most people think about winding down when they approach 60 years old, but Rauhena Chase, the 328th person I’ve met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, decided to start a new chapter in her life and take her career to the next level.

When Rauhena was 58, she did an MBA, which exposed her to a lot of valuable new knowledge while allowing her to join the dots with all the information she’d already learned over the years. After finishing her degree, she launched her own business, Rauhena Chase Commercial Real Estate.

Rauhena had previously spent more than two decades working in commercial property management and shopping centre administration. She wanted to use that experience to help commercial investors – but in a novel way. Instead of opening yet another property management business, Rauhena decided to offer a consulting service to owner-managers.

Her clients are investors who manage their own assets but need expert advice about things like negotiating with tenants, interpreting lease agreements and adding value to their property. Some clients want to speak to Rauhena on a one-off basis; others want ongoing counsel.

Why did Rauhena decide to do a degree and launch a business at a mature age? Because she’s dynamic, open-minded and focused on growth. Rauhena is convinced her best years are still to come.