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Sarah Miller Caldicott
CEO, Power Patterns of Innovation

Great grandniece of Thomas Edison, innovation process expert – Author of Books: Innovate Like Edison; Midnight Lunch; Inventing the Future

Thursday, February 5th, 14.30-15.45

Title: “Innovate like Edison”

  • Learn how you can apply principles that Thomas Edison and his teams used to create disruptive innovations decade after decade
  • Reimagine your project efforts using the mindset of an innovator
  • Recognize the power of context to reframe your innovation challenges
  • Understand the differences between collaboration and teamwork
  • Identify how your innovation initiatives can ‘anticipate and create’ what’s next


A great grandniece of Thomas Edison, Sarah Miller Caldicott is an innovation process expert and innovation author. Inspired by a family lineage of inventors dating back five generations, she has been engaged in creativity and innovation throughout her life.  Sarah spent the first 15 years of her 25-year career as a Marketing executive with Global 500 firms including Quaker Oats and the Helene Curtis subsidiary of Unilever. As a leader of global innovation teams, Sarah was responsible for major brand launches in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Concerned that America risks losing its global innovation edge, Sarah spent three years researching Edison’s innovation methods with experts at Rutgers University.  She co-authored the first book ever written on Edison’s world-changing innovation process, updating his approach for the twenty-first century. Entitled Innovate Like Edison: The Five-Step System for Breakthrough Business Success (Penguin), Sarah’s book has been translated into 5 languages and is used as an innovation textbook in graduate and undergraduate programs across the US.

Sarah’s newest book, Midnight Lunch: The 4 Phases of Team Collaboration Success, from Thomas Edison’s Lab (Wiley) brings Edison’s collaboration approach into the digital era. Midnight Lunch has been featured in Fast Company magazine, and offers executives new tools for driving innovation through collaboration.

Dedicated to revitalizing America’s ingenuity and innovation leadership, Sarah travels all over the world inspiring organizations on how they can employ Edison’s timeless Five Competencies of Innovation™. An award-winning speaker, she was recently selected for the popular TEDx series. Sarah has appeared in The New York Times, Fortune Small Business, and USA Today, as well as on CNBC and NPR.  This year Sarah’s innovation work will be highlighted in the PBS series “American Experience,” featuring a 2-hour segment on Thomas Edison.

Sarah is President of her own Chicago-based consultancy, The Power Patterns of Innovation, offering expert training and guidance on how to build innovation and collaboration capabilities in organizations of all sizes. Her clients include Intel, John Deere, Emerson, the Mayo Clinic, Motorola, and Microsoft.

Sarah holds a BA from Wellesley College, where she was named a Wellesley College scholar, and received an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She has four boys.