I handed one CEO my business card and began explaining what I can do. He looked at my card then looked at me and laughingly said, "You can't possibly be the engineer." I assured him I am an engineer and the only engineer in my company. He looked at me again but began talking to someone else and walked off. I was left wondering what had just occurred.
It was the brushoff. Dismissed again as being capable of higher level thinking.
It was a dismissive attitude clothed in a $1000 suit and $300 shoes. It looks no different than Fire Retardant Clothing and steel-toed shoes on an $18/hr. maintenance man.