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 began her 25-year career as a marketing executive with major brand-driven firms, including Quaker Oats and the Helene Curtis subsidiary of Unilever.
Concerned that America was losing its innovation leadership, 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 Edison’s world-changing innovation methods, entitled, “Innovate Like Edison: The Five-Step System for Breakthrough Business Success.” Innovate Like Edison has been translated into six languages, and is used as a textbook in graduate and undergraduate programs across the U.S.
An award-winning speaker, Sarah travels all over the world inspiring audiences on how they can employ Edison’s timeless innovation methods today. Dedicated to revitalizing America’s global innovation leadership, Sarah also serves on the Steering Committee of the Edison Awards – a body devoted to recognizing innovations and innovators.
Innovate Like Edison has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune Small Business, and USA Today. Sarah has also appeared as an innovation expert on PBS television, CNBC, the Fox Business Network, and NPR. She is president of her own Chicago-based consultancy, The Power Patterns of Innovation, offering organizations of all sizes expert training and guidance on how to achieve innovation success in the global economy. Her clients include Motorola, Microsoft, Intel, and Abbott Laboratories among many others.
Sarah holds a BA from Wellesley College, and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.