I felt the gases in my stomach starting to churn as I watched this week’s VP debate. The already curly hairs at the nap of my neck felt moist. The interaction between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris triggered some uncomfortable memories of my days in Fortune 100 meeting rooms. I know women all over this country were experiencing similar feelings as they witnessed an accomplished woman being talked down to, talked over and dismissed.

With his smug self righteousness Pence was channeling far too many white male executives we have all had the displeasure of working with. He…