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! Proceeds help support the SCM Tuition Assistance Program, which provides tuition aid directly to St. Catherine’s families. This event allows us to continue the legacy established our foundresses, Sister Shirley Owens, O.P.+ and Sister Edna Ann Hebert, O.P., to educate children from all backgrounds and cultivate a diverse and inclusive school environment. 


This year we are pleased to welcome Stephen Klineberg, Ph.D. and Britt Hawthorne as our guest speakers. As educators with respective expertise in urban sociology and anti-bias training, their presentations will provoke thoughtful discussions about Houston's economic and demographic changes; diversity, equality and justice; and our community's shared commitment to developing our students' awareness of their gifts and responsibilities as stewards of a global community.


Great Conversations will be a memorable evening that you won't want to miss. Seats are limited. Reserve yours now!


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.
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