A great grandniece of Thomas Edison, Sarah Miller Caldicott has been engaged in creativity and innovation throughout her life. Inspired by a family lineage of inventors dating back five generations, Sarah spent the first 15 years of her 25-year career as an executive with Global 500 firms including Quaker Oats/Pepsi and the Helene Curtis subsidiary of Unilever. Working with global teams, Sarah spearheaded major innovation initiatives in North America, 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 the subject of Thomas Edison’s world-changing innovation process. Entitled Innovate Like Edison: The Five Step System for Breakthrough Business Success, 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 compelling new tools for driving innovation through collaboration.
Sarah's work has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune Small Business, Fast Company, and USA Today. Sarah has also appeared as an innovation expert on PBS television, CNBC, Fox Business Network, and NPR. In the fall of 2014, Sarah's expertise on Edison's innovation practices will be highlighted in a 2-hour PBS "American Experience" episode honoring 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, Motorola, Microsoft, John Deere, Emerson, Aon, and the Mayo Clinic among many others.
Sarah received a BA from Wellesley College, where she was named a Wellesley College Scholar. She also holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She is the proud mother of 4 boys.