About Sarah Miller Caldicott

Sarah Miller Caldicott is an innovation process expert who works with organizations that want to bring innovation to the center of their business practices. A great grandniece of Thomas Edison, she is a highly sought after speaker and content developer on the subjects of innovation and collaboration. Sarah offers consulting services based on Thomas Edison’s Five Competencies of Innovation™ and his Four Phases of True Collaboration™, delivering strategies that translate Edison's brilliance for the digital era. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Fast Company, and on CNBC as well as PBS. She was named a Top 40 Innovation Blogger for 2012 by the InnovationExcellence.com community, and a Top 50 Innovation Tweeter in 2013

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 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. 

An innovation process expert, Sarah works with organizations that want to bring innovation to the center of their business practices, accelerating growth and creating 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. 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.


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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


Build Competitive Advantage Through Edison’s Five Competencies of Innovation™

I work with organizations that want to bring innovation to their center of their business practices so they can drive growth and create relevance. Drawing upon the timeless innovation methods that propelled Edison's success, I offer innovation training programs, workshops, keynote speeches, and live collaboration experiences that:

  • Inspire you to think like an innovator
  • Create a common language for innovation
  • Identify growth platforms for profitable new products and services
  • Create true collaboration
  • Develop creative problem-solving skills

What processes for innovation do you have in place? Contact me to learn how you can begin to Innovate Like Edison starting now.