Lincoln Financial Group's Kirkland Hicks Ranks on List of Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise Magazine

Lincoln Financial Group reported that Kirkland L. Hicks, executive vice president and general counsel, was included in Black Enterprise magazine's list of Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.

The list highlights the highest-ranking African-American executives at the nation's 1,000 largest publicly-traded companies and 100 international companies with significant U.S. operations.

"Kirkland's unique combination of legal expertise, business savvy and strong leadership warrants his inclusion on this list," said Dennis R. Glass, President & CEO, Lincoln Financial Group. "His positive influence is felt across our business, and he personifies our company's brand which honors the values and legacy of Abraham Lincoln."

According to a media release, Hicks oversees all activities for the legal, compliance, government relations and corporate secretary functions of the company. As a member of the company's senior management committee, he also provides strategic counsel to the CEO, senior management team and board of directors.

Prior to joining Lincoln in 2015, Hicks held a number of senior positions and ultimately served as vice president, general counsel and secretary at Towers Watson & Co. (now Willis Towers Watson).

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    Tea Forté Introduces ‘Matcha’ Collection

    Convenience meets tradition in Tea Forté’s new Ceremonial Matcha Bowl Set and the Matcha Single Steeps.

    The company said its spring harvested, shade grown, stone ground, organic matcha tea is best served in a centuries-old Japanese tea ceremony called chanoyu: a preparation technique known for its centering meditative qualities.

    "The launch of Tea Forté's Matcha collection represents our continued commitment to wellness and cultivating all the potential mental and physical health benefits of tea," says Tea Forté CEO Michael Gebrael. "In addition to our high quality Pure Matcha, we've also blended four distinct flavored Matcha varieties. Prepackaged in pouches measured out for a single serving, our Single Steeps Matcha is ideal for the office, travel, or to keep with you for a boost anytime."

    Tea Forté noted its handcrafted ceremonial tea bowl, handmade bamboo whisk and measuring ladle “encourages serene enjoyment of our premium Kosher, gluten-free and vegan matcha blends.” These include: Pure Matcha, Chocolate Matcha, Coconut Matcha, Ginger Matcha, and Chai Matcha.

    According to a release, in addition to its distinctive taste, matcha is prized for its health benefits. Steeped green tea contains only the antioxidants that can be extracted in water, while with matcha, the whole leaf is consumed.

    Available now in select stores and online at teaforte.com.




Expedia.com has released a year-end look at U.S. traveler behavior and trends for 2017, analyzing data to identify the most in-demand destinations, hotels, activities and more.

Among other insights, the roundup revealed:

  1. Labor Day was the busiest weekend for car rental
  2. Disney Theme Parks topped the list of things to do
  3. The average hotel stay was two nights
  4. Top destinations based on 2017 air travel included major global cities like New York, London and Bangkok
  5. Popular tourist destinations included Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas