Val Ackerman's cool job: Big East commissioner

Val Ackerman, as told to Andrew Kahn

When Val Ackerman took over as Big East commissioner in 2013, her mission was to rebrand the conference's identity as a basketball powerhouse. Losing football was a big blow, but she and the rest of her staff hustled like "a true start-up" to rebuild. Read more ...

Ngoc-Hien Nguyen's cool job: Reebok senior apparel designer

Ngoc-Hien Nguyen, as told to Matt Eisenberg

Ngoc-Hien Nguyen combined her loves of sketching and sewing into a career in the fashion industry. She has worked for Puma and now Reebok, designing gear for both the ordinary consumer and Usain Bolt during the Olympics. Read more ...

Lauren Holtkamp's cool job: NBA referee

Lauren Holtkamp, as told to Andrew Kahn

Lauren Holtkamp started her career as a referee officiating middle-school games in Springfield, Missouri. Now, she's reached the pinnacle of the profession: the NBA. But take it from her: There's always room to improve. Read more ...