petticoat award recipients

In the winter of 1902, the great-grandmother of SNLP Founder Cecilia Clarke, Virginia “Sadie” Nash, made the papers - when she lifted her skirt on a crowded trolley car in Nebraska and removed her petticoat to wrap it around a freezing infant. A known leader in her community, Sadie shocked more than her fellow trolley riders; she got the nation’s attention.

SNLP draws its name and inspiration from Sadie Nash and her impulse to take action, brush convention aside, and lead by example. Our Petticoat Award recipients embody this bold leadership.

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coco killingsworth

Coco Killingsworth is the Vice President of Education and Community Engagement at the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), where she oversees programs that serve over 60,000 young people, teachers, seniors and Brooklyn residents through the arts each year. Previously, Coco served as the deputy director/director of programs for Global Kids, managing school-based and after-school global education programs in 35 New York City public schools. Coco was a faculty member of the very first summer of Sadie Nash Leadership, and worked with Sadie Nash for over 10 years as faculty, staff, Board member and Board Co-Chair. She was a principal dancer in Brooklyn-based ASE Dance Theater Collective and also a Charles H. Revson Fellow at Columbia University (2010-11). She earned a BA in history and African studies from UCLA and a Master’s in Education from Harvard University. Originally from Oakland, CA, she has made Brooklyn her home for the past 18 years, where she resides with her partner and two children.


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Lauren Ezrol Klein was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, and a 21-year veteran, of Time Inc., the iconic media company with influential brands including Time, People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle and Fortune, until Time Inc.’s recent sale to Meredith Corporation.  In her role at Time Inc. she was a member of the executive management team and responsible for all global legal and governance matters.  Lauren has been practicing law for 26 years, beginning her career as a corporate associate at the New York law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.   Lauren served as a Board Member of Sadie Nash Leadership Project for eleven years and was Board Co-Chair from 2010 to 2013.  She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, having received her BS from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.  She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.