Great Conversations


Great Conversations is our biennial fundraising event where guests come together to enjoy great food, great company and great conversations – all in support of a great cause, the SCM Tuition Assistance Program. For the safety of our community and per CDC guidelines, this year’s event was canceled.
We sincerely thank our co-chairs, host committee, sponsors, donors and intended guests speakers for their shared commitment in supporting our mission to educate every child, regardless of their background.
Although we could not gather for the evening, the need for tuition assistance is still ever-present – perhaps now more than ever. Gifts to the SCM Tuition Assistance Program provide tuition aid directly to St. Catherine’s families and allow us to continue the legacy established by our foundresses, Sister Edna Ann Hebert, O.P. and Sister Shirley Owens, O.P.+, to educate children from all backgrounds and cultivate a diverse and inclusive school environment.
With uncertainty about the long-term impact of COVID-19 on our community, we ask that those who are in a position to do so make a gift in support of tuition assistance. If you are inspired to give, you can donate online or contact Advancement Director Lyndsey Ray at to discuss giving details.



Stephen L. Klineberg, Ph.D.

Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Rice University


Dr. Stephen Klineberg has been shaping local thought on the ongoing trends in the Houston metropolitan region for almost forty years. As the director of the annual “Kinder Houston Area Survey” (1982-2020), he has tracked the economic outlooks, demographic patterns, experiences and beliefs of area residents during a period of remarkable change. Under contract with Simon & Schuster, his book, Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America, will be released in spring 2020. Dr. Klineberg is the recipient of twelve major teaching awards and a much sought-after speaker in the Houston community and beyond. He is a graduate of Haverford College, with a master’s degree from the University of Paris, and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He and his wife Margaret have lived in Houston since the early 1970s; they have two children and five grandchildren. 

Britt Hawthorne
Anti-bias/Anti-racist Educator
Equity Trainer
Britt Hawthorne is a nationally recognized equity trainer in education. She partners with action-oriented educators, creating classroom environments that are inclusive and equitable for all learners. Her work seeks to move justice from being an idea to the authentic culture. Ms. Hawthorne graduated from Rockford University where she studied Elementary Education and English as a Second Language. From there she earned her Montessori certification in Lower and Upper Elementary Montessori from the American Montessori Society.
Chanelle Clark
Saudia Turney
Edgar Aburto
Rachel Flay
Audrey Glickert
Misty Matin
Amber McCarthy
Sarah Scherschel
Mary Tysor
Stacy Urso