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 100 firms including Quaker Oats/Pepsi and the Helene Curtis subsidiary of Unilever. As a leader of numerous global innovation 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.
An innovation process expert, Sarah works with organizations that want to bring innovation to the center of their business practices, accelerating new levels of growth and relevance. An award-winning speaker, Sarah was recently selected for the popular TEDx series, and her speech was captured in an ebook entitled, Inventing the Future: What Would Thomas Edison Be Doing Today?
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 the Fox Business Network, and NPR. She also blogs about innovation and collaboration for Forbes.com.
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, Cisco, Microsoft, John Deere, Emerson, L'Oreal, 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.