About Sarah Miller Caldicott
The Power Patterns of Innovation
Sarah Miller Caldicott, CEO
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 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, titled 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 colleges and universities 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 today's leaders compelling new tools for driving innovation through collaboration.
An innovation process expert, Sarah works with organizations seeking to build innovation capability in their teams and leaders, accelerating new levels of growth. Sarah's work has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune Small Business, Fast Company, and USA Today. She has also appeared as an innovation expert on PBS television, CNBC the Fox Business Network, and NPR. Sarah also writes a popular blog on innovation for Forbes.com.
Sarah is President of her own Chicago-based consultancy, the Power Patterns of Innovation, offering expert 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.
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Read Edison's Notebook for Sarah's latest blog posts on innovation and collaboration.
Check out reviews of Midnight Lunch from these respected bloggers:
Kaihan Krippendorff of Fast Company
Verne Harnish of Fortune.com
Jack Covert of 800CEOread
Julie Anixter, co-founder of the Innovation Excellence comm'y
The Brightidea innovation community
Forbes blogger John Nosta
Culture scout Patricia Martin