Learn How to "Innovate Like Edison"

Entrepreneurial Roundtable

February 18, 2008: 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Just released in October 2007 and already one of the best-selling books on innovation, Innovate Like Edison presents Edison’s world-changing innovation methods as a cohesive, practical, and immediately applicable system. Co-authored by our speaker Sarah Miller Caldicott, an expert on marketing and creativity, and Michael J. Gelb, an international best-selling author (How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci) on books about the world’s most creative minds, Innovate Like Edison offers a 21st century guide to Edison’s innovation system.


Illinois Institute of Technology -- Rice Campus
First Floor
201 East Loop Road
Wheaton, Illinois

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Based on over three years of research, Innovate Like Edison offers an in-depth view of Edison’s comprehensive approach to innovation, including Edison’s Five Competencies of Innovation that are based on the timeless principles Edison used to generate his record-breaking 1,093 U.S. patents. The Five Competencies are broken down into 25 Elements, each of which serves as a “building block” in the creation of innovation literacy for the individual or team, and corporate innovation infrastructure for the organization. Edison believed successful innovation required deep mental preparation as well as strategic, thoughtful execution. Innovate Like Edison identifies the methods Edison himself followed and imparted to his teams throughout his 62-year career. The book reveals innovation best practices for individuals, managers, executives and employees at all levels, in any enterprise, in any industry. Come to learn how to apply Edison’s essential ideation techniques, strategies, and best practices, allowing them to develop an innovation mindset either as an individual or team member. Sarah Miller Caldicott heads her own innovation and marketing consulting firm, which has served major companies such as DHL, Cox Enterprises and Lucent and entrepreneurial companies. Formerly, she spearheaded innovation initiatives at PepsiCo, Bayer AG and Unilever. Sarah is a great-grandniece of Thomas Edison. She holds an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.


$25.00 to the public; $20.00 to GSB alumni/faculty/students $5.00 discount if register by February 13th


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Deadline: 2/18/2008


6:30 PM-7:15 PM: Networking & Hors d'oeuvres

7:15 PM-8:45 PM: Program with speaker

Speaker Profiles

Sarah Miller Caldicott (Speaker)


Bill Wentz 
Roundtable Coordinator
630-527-8552, ext. 304