Cathy Hackl is a seasoned tech executive with expertise in the Metaverse Web3 and emerging technologies. Hackl has worked at tech giants like Amazon Web Services, as well as cutting-edge companies like Magic Leap and HTC VIVE and is the leading female voice on the topic of the Metaverse. Vogue Business included her in their inaugural Vogue Business 100 Innovators List for her strategic foresight and her work with brands on metaverse strategies as a luxury and fashion innovator.
As the Chief Metaverse Officer at Journey, she leads Journey's Metaverse Studio working with the world's top brands on Metaverse/Web3 strategies, NFTs, gaming, virtual fashion, and how to extend their brands into virtual spaces. Her clients include Walmart, Ralph Lauren, Nike, Clinique, Louis Vuitton, and more. She’s the author of 4 books, including 3 on the Metaverse. At Davos this year, she launched her latest book, Into the Metaverse: The Essential Guide to the Business Opportunities of the Web3 Era, where she spoke at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting. She’s a sought-after consultant, a keynote speaker, and media personality represented by UTA. Hackl has been featured in 60 Minutes,CNBC’s Squawk Box, Good Morning America, CNN, Fox Business, WSJ, Vogue, GQ, Time and others.
She runs the People of the Metaverse, a growing community where she seeks to connect a new ecosystem of tech and business professionals. Hackl is also working with up and coming fashion and jewelry designers on connected fashion collections, some under the VerseLuxe label. As a professionally trained futurist, Cathy continues to help companies and brands future-proof their long-term strategic planning.
Cathy is a force of nature, a champion for diversity, and one of the top female voices in the tech space. Dubbed the “Godmother of the Metaverse,” she is the host of Adweek's award-winning Metaverse Marketing podcast. BigThink named Hackl one of the Top 10 Most Influential Women in Tech in 2020. In 2021, she was included in the prestigious Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. She has vast knowledge and experience in AR and VR hardware and large scale gaming simulations. Hackl styled celebrities like Kane Brown, Madison Beer and Yungblud in virtual couture for WalmartLand’s Electric Fest in Roblox.
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