Speech Topics and Program Descriptions

Choose one of these themes for your next conference keynote, leadership seminar, workshop, or executive retreat!.
Sarah brings each topic to life through a blend of rich content delivery and interactive audience engagement: 

Turning onYour Light Bulb: How Edison's 5 Competencies of Innovation Build Competitive Advantage

    • Learn how to think like an innovator and develop new market space
    • Solve problems from multiple angles by developing new context and new questions
    • Drive breakthroughs in team design and team communication
    • Establish a culture of innovation that appeals to different generations of workers
    • Adopt market-moving approaches to value creation and development of new business models

Innovate Like Edison: From Imagination to Innovation in the Digital Era

    • Identify how to tap new resources for innovation success using virtual networks
    • Learn why smart layers are better than hierarchies for innovation teams today
    • Accelerate the adoption of dialogue and debate as a core team practice
    • Acknowledge the realities of work style differences represented by Generation Y

Midnight Lunch with Thomas Edison: Unleashing the Innovation Power of Collaboration

    • Learn why small, diverse teams are a crucial foundation for collaboration success
    • Understand why teamwork and collaboration are not the same thing
    • Drive rapid learning through questioning and experimenting
    • Create new potential for inspirational leaders to emerge in your organization
    • Adopt practices which allow you to develop collective intelligence around key projects

Innovation and the Technical Mind: Breakthrough Strategies from Thomas Edison

    • Learn new methods for unleashing the creativity of technically-oriented workers
    • Identify how technically-minded employees can work more collaboratively with others

Reskilling Your Workforce for Innovation Success

    • Learn why workforce reskilling is crucial for innovation success in the coming decade
    • Understand the meaning of reskilling and how to foster an environment where reskilling can flourish
    • Recognize the linkage between reskilling and workforce engagement
    • Identify the top 3 most crucial areas for reskilling and how to leverage them in a multi-generational workforce

A Day In Edison’s Laboratory: Exploring the Five Competencies of Innovation

    • Understand how an innovation mindset, problem-solving, culture, team design, and value creation intersect
    • Bring a current business challenge into this session, and use Edison's innovation tools to newly examine it
    • Identify where key gaps in collaboration may be stalling your innovation efforts
    • Complete an innovation assessment to determine where your team holds its greatest innovation strengths

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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.