Amanda Ward
Age: 42
Occupation: accounts receivable management company president

It’s hard not to smile around this cheerful blonde. Even the stresses of a new business—she’s president of her own accounts receivable management company—don’t seem to get her down. Ward has been married for 13 years, with two children and a stepson, and thinks the best part of parenting is “getting to live your childhood twice.” The family spends time biking around White Rock Lake, going to the movies, and shopping. “Mama likes to shop, and Daddy likes to shop, so it’s kind of a family affair,” she says. So is philanthropy: she and her husband are co-chairing the Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon this year for the Family Place, her local charity of choice.