John Nugent is a proven and successful executive with close to thirty years of experience in the high-technology industry, and is viewed as one of the most capable sales and operational leaders in the software business. John has an established track record of successfully managing global operations, motivating sales organizations and growing revenues. Prior to John’s most recent appointment as President and CEO of Serena Software, he served as Executive Vice President of worldwide operations at SAP Business Objects where he was responsible for global sales, sales operations, sales consulting and field training. Prior to his worldwide role at SAP, John served as SAP’s COO of the Americas, Asia and Japan, and earlier as executive vice president of sales and operations in the United States. Prior to joining SAP, John served in executive and senior sales management positions at Oracle Corporation for seventeen years, where he was most recently senior vice president of sales and was responsible for managing all lines of business and market segments in the eastern United States. John’s sales career began at Software International, where he spent more than six years marketing and selling mainframe application software to Fortune 1000 companies.



Mike Smith oversees all efforts to make the Mens business a success. He joined Stitch Fix to deliver a superior customer experience that benefits from what he believes is the best retail business model in a long time. Prior, Mike was COO at where he oversaw all operations for a $5 billion division, including one of the most successful multi-channel offerings in the industry, which drove as much as half of’s sales. Prior to Walmart, Mike worked in business and corporate development in software and consumer internet. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Haas School at University of California, Berkeley.


Bill gave his first commencement speech while still in his 20s. As he built his career in the nonprofit and online world, he developed a niche: tips and tricks for teaching other people to become great speakers. This system evolved to become Own the Room.

Before Own The Room, Bill co-founded CMI, the parent company of CafeMedia and CafeMom, and worked with Mountain Lakes International. He has done nonprofit work with Into the Streets, Do Something, and The LEAGUE, as well as America’s largest volunteer network, Points of Light/HandsOn Network.

He has delivered Own The Room methodology, leadership training, and executive coaching to business executives, celebrities, and athletes on five continents and across numerous sectors.

Bill resides in New Jersey with his wife, Maria. His greatest career achievements include getting to coach his son’s little league team and teaching his daughter to be the youngest kid to dive off the Verona community pool big diving board.