Edison's descendant carries on the innovative spirit

She is a descendant of the man known for inventing the incandescent light bulb, and now, generations later, she continues to spread the message of innovation.

Sarah Miller Caldicott is the great-grand niece of renowned inventor Thomas Edison. On Friday morning she served as the keynote speaker at a conference at Whirlpool in Benton Harbor that was all about innovation and collaboration.

Caldicott talked about her third book which she recently released that is inspired by Edison.

The book, entitled "Midnight Lunch," reflects on Edison's workaholic nature. Edison was known for staying up until midnight with his colleagues and only stopped briefly for a lunch or a snack. In her book she talks about better work practices in groups that she says could lead to future breakthroughs in science,” said Caldicott.

“Well I don't have any patents but I have three books,” says I feel those are some of my inventions and getting word out to people about how they can do things, like have their own midnight lunch or posting information on how they can be more collaborative, that's what I like to do

Her speech today focused on thinking towards the future as a key feature of being a competitive company, that's something directors at Whirlpool say they're already doing.

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