A great grandniece of Thomas Edison, Sarah Miller Caldicott
is an innovation process expert. 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. As a leader of global innovation teams, she was responsible for major brand launches in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Concerned that America was losing its innovation leadership as the new millennium dawned, Sarah spent three years researching Edisonís innovation methods with experts at Rutgers University. She co-authored the first book ever written on Edisonís world-changing innovation process, updating his approach for the 21st century. Her book, Innovate Like Edison: The Five-Step System for Breakthrough Business Success
, has been translated into five languages and is used as an innovation textbook in graduate and undergraduate programs across the country.
Dedicated to revitalizing Americaís ingenuity and innovation leadership, Sarah travels all over the world inspiring organizations on how they can employ Edisonís timeless Five Competencies of Innovationô. Sarahís work has been spotlighted in The New York Times, Fortune Small Business,
and USA Today,
and she has appeared on PBS television, CNBC, the FOX Business Network, and NPR.
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.