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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Production Company Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern France
Favorite Quote:
H.O.F.F. Honesty, Openness, Fairness, Fun.

Birthplace

Born:
6/25/1943
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Production Company Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern France
Favorite Quote:
H.O.F.F. Honesty, Openness, Fairness, Fun.

Birthplace

Born:
6/25/1943
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Businessman and civic leader Edwin Joseph Rigaud was born to Army Sergeant Edwin Rigaud and Mabel Perrilliat Rigaud on June 25, 1943 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Corpus Christi School, which was located in the largest African American Catholic parish in the Western Hemisphere. One of Rigaud’s high school teachers was the famous activist Phillip Berrigan (brother of activist Daniel Berrigan). Rigaud graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1961. Earning a B.S. degree in chemistry from Xavier University in New Orleans in 1965, he married Carole Tyler and then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he went to work for Procter & Gamble. There, Rigaud became the first African American hired at the management level in the Food Product Development Department of R&D at Procter & Gamble. He received his M.S. degree in biochemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 1973.

In his thirty-six years at Procter & Gamble, Rigaud was one of the first African Americans in the corporate research area. Moving to marketing and general management, guided by Procter & Gamble executives Ken Ericson and Mike Milligan, he attended the Advanced Management Course at Harvard University, and in 1992, Rigaud became the first African American line vice president in the history of Procter & Gamble, eventually serving as Vice President of Food and Beverage Products and finally as
Vice President of Government Relations in North America in 1996.

Also, in 1996, Rigaud, on loan as an executive from Procter & Gamble, was appointed the first executive director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. He was appointed to the National Museum and Library Services Board by President George W. Bush in 2002. In 2004, Rigaud moved from executive director to President and CEO of the museum. He also started his own firm, Enova Partners, LLC and Enova Tech, LLC, which are both plastic injection-molding businesses in the automotive and consumer products industries.

Rigaud has a long record of service including serving on the boards of The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Xavier University in Cincinnati, Xavier University of New Orleans, Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Cincinnati Zoo, the Queen City Club, the Metropolitan Club, and the Northern Kentucky Chamber Board.

Rigaud is married to Carole Tyler Rigaud and has three grown children. He enjoys painting, playing jazz guitar and golf.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Edwin Rigaud's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Edwin Rigaud lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Edwin Rigaud describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Edwin Rigaud describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Edwin Rigaud talks about tracing his ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Edwin Rigaud describes his grandfather and his Creole identity
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Edwin Rigaud describes his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Edwin Rigaud recalls studying the encyclopedia as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Edwin Rigaud describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Edwin Rigaud talks about possible ancestors of the Rigaud family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Edwin Rigaud describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Edwin Rigaud describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Edwin Rigaud describes Corpus Christi Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Edwin Rigaud recalls attending Mardi Gras as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Edwin Rigaud describes the poverty of New Orleans' African American community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Edwin Rigaud describes his experiences at New Orleans' St. Augustine High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Edwin Rigaud talks about his theory of cognitive learning
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Edwin Rigaud remembers how his aspirations developed as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Edwin Rigaud recalls being denied admission to Louisiana State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Edwin Rigaud recalls his academic experiences at Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Edwin Rigaud describes the fraternities at Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Edwin Rigaud recalls meeting and dating his wife, Carole Tyler Rigaud
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Edwin Rigaud recalls meeting Fats Domino
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Edwin Rigaud recalls discrimination based on skin color within New Orleans' African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Edwin Rigaud talks about racial discrimination at Procter and Gamble Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Edwin Rigaud describes his mentor, Kenneth Ericson
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Edwin Rigaud recalls diversity training at Procter and Gamble Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Edwin Rigaud describes his promotions at Procter and Gamble Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Edwin Rigaud describes his car accident and subsequent surgery
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Edwin Rigaud describes the products created by Procter and Gamble Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Edwin Rigaud describes the creation of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Edwin Rigaud describes his steering committee for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Edwin Rigaud describes racial discrimination in Cincinnati, Ohio in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Edwin Rigaud reflects upon racism in the United States
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Edwin Rigaud explains his theory of the hierarchy of freedom
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Edwin Rigaud shares some of the history of the Underground Railroad
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Edwin Rigaud recounts stories of Ohio's slavery history, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Edwin Rigaud shares the origin of the term hush puppy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Edwin Rigaud recounts stories of Ohio's slavery history, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Edwin Rigaud talks about the perceptions of people in history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Edwin Rigaud explains how he gained support for the Freedom Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Edwin Rigaud describes the political support behind the Freedom Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Edwin Rigaud describes the exhibits at the Freedom Center
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Edwin Rigaud reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Edwin Rigaud talks about his business, Enova Premier, LLC, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Edwin Rigaud talks about his business, Enova Premier, LLC, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Edwin Rigaud describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Edwin Rigaud describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Edwin Rigaud reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Edwin Rigaud relates his experience as part owner of the Cincinnati Reds
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Edwin Rigaud talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Edwin Rigaud describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Edwin Rigaud narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Edwin Rigaud narrates his photographs, pt. 2