About Sarah Miller Caldicott

For the third consecutive year, Sarah was named a Top 50 Innovation Twitter Sharer for 2015 by InnovationExcellence.com, a respected online innovation community. Sarah has also been recognized as a Top 40 Innovation Blogger by Innovation Excellence for four of the past five years. 

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CEO | Sarah Miller Caldicott

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, Bayer USA, and the Helene Curtis subsidiary of Unilever. As a leader of  global innovation teams, Sarah spearheaded major innovation initiatives in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Concerned that America risks losing its global innovation edge as the digital era accelerates, Sarah spent 3 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 (Penguin). Sarah’s book has been translated into 5 languages and is used as a popular innovation textbook in leading colleges and universities.

Sarah's newest book, Midnight Lunch: The 4 Phases of Team Collaboration Success, from Thomas Edison's Lab (Wiley) reveals the power of Edison's extraordinary approach to collaboration. Midnight Lunch has been featured in Fast Company magazine, and offers today's leaders compelling live and virtual tools for driving innovation through collaboration. Sarah has also worked with her clients to established Midnight Lunch™ Lab facilities across the country, enabling project teams to roll up their sleeves and collaborate at a deep level.  

As an innovation process expert, Sarah works with organizations to build new innovation and collaboration capability, accelerating growth, relevance and diisruptive thinking. Sarah has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, and USA Today. She has also appeared as an innovation expert on PBS, CNBC, and NPR, and writes a popular blog on innovation for Forbes.com

Sarah serves as CEO of her own consultancy, The Power Patterns of Innovation, offering expert guidance on how to build new innovation capability 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.


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