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GIRL POWER: When Alexandra Lebenthal hosted her sixth annual Ladies Who Don't Lunch Lunch in the 21 Club's wine cellar last week, guests were asked to introduce themselves with a first job memory. CNBC's "Money Honey" Maria Bartiromo recalled how working at Kleinfeld provided the guilty pleasure of trying on wedding gowns. Liz Lange noted her Brown degree wasn't nearly as valuable as a typing school crash course in landing a lowly job at Vogue.
As for financier Lebenthal, her first gig reaped an hourly wage of 25 cents working for her grandmother, Sayra Lebenthal, a Wall Street pioneer who cofounded the family financial business with husband Louis. Gigi Mortimer, Kate Betts, Lisa Belzberg, Ann Tisch, Harper's Bazaar publisher Valerie Salembier, Abigail Disney, New York Sun columnist Liz Peek and Lebenthal's author sister, Claudia, and other lunchgoers cheered for Lange and Oxygen's Gerry Laybourne for selling their respective businesses. But Lebenthal garnered the loudest applause for buying back the Lebenthal name from Merrill Lynch. — Rosemary Feitelberg