August 23, 2017

Building bridges in Michigan and beyond

Dr. Herman Gray and guests with the Mitsuhiro Wada, Japanese Consul to MichiganIt was an evening of Japanese cuisine, wine and sake, along with engaging conversation and bridge-building when United Way for Southeastern Michigan President and CEO Dr. Herman Gray attended a dinner party on Aug. 22 hosted by the Michigan Consul General of Japan, Mitsuhiro Wada, and his wife Naoko. 

Dr. Gray was joined by his wife, Shirley Mann-Gray, and several guests including United Way staff, local business and community leaders, as well as a Detroit News columnist. Two staff members from the consul general’s office were also present.

A meeting in Mackinac

Consul General Wada began his position in Michigan in August 2015. While in that role, he has met and spoken with a variety of people to understand business in our state. The Consul also attended the Mackinaw Policy Conference in May, which is where he and Dr. Gray met. 

“My wife and I were thrilled to spend the evening dining and talking with Consul General Wada, his wife and other guests,” Dr. Gray said. “It was a rare and wonderful occasion to dine with the diplomat for the opportunity to highlight the great things happening in our region and our state, and at United Way.”