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Sarah Miller Caldicott
Sarah Miller Caldicott
Power Patterns of Innovation

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.  Sarah’s specialty lies in developing innovative growth strategies for new products as well as mature brands.  During the first 15 years of her career, Sarah spearheaded major global initiatives which brought new products to consumers around the world including Degree, Finesse, and Suave.

Concerned that America was losing its longstanding innovation leadership, Sarah began examining Thomas Edison’s timeless innovation methods for clues on how the U.S. could increase its global competitiveness. Following three years of research at Rutgers University, Sarah released a groundbreaking book offering a first-ever analysis of Thomas Edison’s world-changing innovation process. Entitled Innovate Like Edison: The Five-Step System for Breakthrough Business Success, Sarah’s book identifies the Five Competencies of Innovation™ which spurred Edison to generate a record-breaking 1,093 U.S. patents, and pioneer 6 new industries in less than 35 years.  Co-authored with genius-thinking expert Michael J. Gelb Innovate Like Edison reveals how individuals, teams, and organizations can adopt Edison’s timeless innovation methods to create competitive advantage today.

Sarah is President of her own Chicago-based consultancy, The Power Patterns of Innovation. Power Patterns offers expert guidance to organizations of all sizes on how they can create innovation success in the global economy. Sarah received her BA from Wellesley College, where she was named a Wellesley Scholar.  Sarah also holds an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.  She has two college-age boys, Nicholas and Connor, and resides in Oak Park, Illinois.


  • Innovation & Performance
  • How to use the same principles Thomas A. Edison and his colleagues used to create pioneering innovations
  • Reconception of your projects with the mindset of a great innovator
  • Understanding the power of connections to master the challenges of innovation
  • Understanding the difference between collaboration and team-work
  • How your initiatives for innovation anticipate and create the future


marketing & innovation forum europe 2015 – Frankfurt am Main