No matter where you come from, our goal is the same: guiding boys along the path to manhood.
In June, join us in conversations about character and leadership, diversity and inclusion, and stewardship and civic responsibility. Help us chart a course that will help prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.

As part of the conference, we invite you to explore the city that we call home. For nearly two centuries, Dallas, Texas, has stood at the crossroads of North America. What began as a humble trading post has blossomed into a center of technology and industry; arts and entertainment; community and culture. Home to 1.4 million people, Dallas has grown beyond its Old West legacy and now looks to the future. We invite you to see for yourself all that Dallas has to offer.

An Exciting City

    • Dallas, Texas

      Dallas is home to 1.4 million people, and there’s much more to this city than cowboys and cattle drives. From Uptown to Lower Greenville to the Bishop Arts District, let us show you the best that “Big D” has to offer.

    • Old Parkland

      On Sunday evening, reconnect with friends, introduce yourself to new colleagues, and enjoy a lovely evening surrounded by architecture and Americana in one of Dallas’ most “historic” locations. Click here to learn more about Old Parkland.

    • The Perot Museum

      On Tuesday evening, explore a stunning hall of minerals and gems, create your own Texas tornado, or enjoy a drink with a dinosaur. Stimulating, interactive exhibits are sure to spark conversation and laughter. Click here to learn more about The Perot Museum of Nature & Science.

    • Tex-Mex & BBQ

      We Dallasites know a thing or two about fine cuisine. Let us introduce you to authentic tacos, tasty margaritas, and mouth-watering brisket.

Engaging Speakers

    • David Brooks

    • Julie Lythcott Haims

    • Prof. Lee R. Berger

    • Hon. Eric Johnson

    • Dr. Alan Stern ’75

Learn more about the speakers...

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  • David Brooks

    Keynote Presentation: How to Treat Others with Respect
    Sunday, June 26, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    David Brooks is a columnist for The New York Times and a contributor to The Atlantic. He is a commentator on The PBS Newshour, NPR’s All Things Considered, and NBC’s Meet the Press.
     
    His most recent book, The Second Mountain, shows what can happen when we put commitment-making and relationships at the center of our lives. He is also the author of The Road to Character, Bobos In Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement.
     
    Mr. Brooks is on the faculty of Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Follow him on Twitter @nytdavidbrooks and his Weave project @Weavetheppl
  • Julie Lythcott Haims

    Keynote Presentation: How to Not Mess Up Your Boys
    Monday, June 27, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

    Julie Lythcott-Haims believes in humans and is deeply interested in what gets in our way. Her work encompasses writing, speaking, teaching, mentoring, and activism.
     
    She is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, which gave rise to a popular TED Talk. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience as a black and biracial person in white spaces. Her third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, has been called a “groundbreakingly frank” guide to adulthood.
     
    Julie holds degrees from Stanford, Harvard Law, and California College of the Arts. She currently serves on the boards of Common Sense Media, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Narrative Magazine, and on the Board of Trustees at California College of the Arts. She serves on the advisory boards of LeanIn.Org, Parents magazine and Baldwin For the Arts.
     
    She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, their itinerant young adults, and her mother.
  • Prof. Lee R. Berger

    Keynote Presentation
    Monday, June 27, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Prof. Lee R. Berger Ph.D. D.Sc. is an award-winning researcher, explorer, author, and speaker. He is the recipient of the National Geographic Society’s first Prize for Research and Exploration and the Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award, the SA Academy of Sciences Gold Medal, and was the 2016 National Geographic Society’s Rolex Explorer of the Year.

    His explorations into human origins on the African continent, Asia, and Micronesia for the past two and a half decades have resulted in many new discoveries, including the discovery of two new species of early human relatives – Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi.  These discoveries were recognized by the Smithsonian as among the ten most important scientific discoveries of the decade in 2020.  His contributions to exploration sciences have also resulted in advances in the field of applied exploration methods and the application of technology to exploration, excavation, and discovery. Teams under his leadership have recovered more individual hominid remains in sub-equatorial Africa over the last decade than were recovered in the previous 90 years.

    Lee Berger has been a frequent guest of St. Mark's, through both in-person visits and virtual calls from his dig sites around the world.
  • Hon. Eric Johnson

    Keynote Presentation
    Tuesday, June 28, 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

    Eric Johnson is the 60th Mayor of Dallas, Texas, elected in June 2019. Prior to becoming mayor, Johnson served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives where he represented the City of Dallas from April 2010 to June 2019. During his tenure in the Texas Legislature, Johnson served on several legislative committees, including Appropriations, Ways and Means, Higher Education and Natural Resources. He also served as chairman of the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation. In addition to his service as Mayor of Dallas, Johnson is also a partner with the international law firm of Locke Lord LLP.
     
    Johnson was born in Dallas and attended Dallas Independent School District schools through first grade before earning a scholarship to Greenhill School through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. He attended Harvard College, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in History. Johnson also holds a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a master's degree in Public Affairs from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is an alumnus of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
     
    Mayor Johnson lives in Dallas with his wife, Nikki, their three children, William, George, and Lela, and their dog, Penny. He is a member of the Mountain View Church of Christ.
  • Dr. Alan Stern ’75

    Keynote Presentation: Spaceflight is a Team Sport
    Wednesday, June 29, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
     
    Dr. Alan Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, and author. He leads NASA’s $880M New Horizons mission that successfully explored the Pluto system and is now exploring the Kuiper Belt—the farthest exploration in the history of humankind.
     
    In both 2007 and 2016, he was named to the Time 100 list. In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Stern served as NASA’s chief of all space and Earth science programs, directing a $4.4B organization with 93 separate flight missions and a program of over 3,000 research grants.
     
    Since 2008, Dr. Stern has had his own aerospace consulting practice. His current and former consulting clients include Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, Naveen Jain’s Moon Express Google Lunar X-Prize team, Ball Aerospace, Paragon Space Development Corporation, the NASTAR Center, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and the Johns Hopkins University.
     
    Dr. Stern’s personal interests include running, hiking, camping, and writing. He is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and flight instructor, with both powered and sailplane ratings. He and his wife Carole have two daughters and a son; they make their home near Boulder, Colorado.

Conference Information

Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, June 26, 2022
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Registration, School Tour, and Refreshments
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Opening Plenary Session featuring New York Times columnist David Brooks
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Welcome Reception at Old Parkland
 
Monday, June 27, 2022
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Chapel Service
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Workshop Block 1
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Plenary session featuring Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Workshop Block 2
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Plenary Session featuring paleoanthropologist Lee Berger, Ph.D. & 2022 IBSC Hawley-Jarvis Award
 
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Workshop Block 3
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Plenary Session featuring Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson
11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Workshop Block 4 featuring IBSC Action Research Presentations
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch with IBSC Trustees
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Plenary Session featuring Students from St. Mark’s & IBSC Action Research Award
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Featured Workshops Block
7:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. – Special Reception at the Perot Museum of Nature and Sciences
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Workshop Block 5
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Closing Plenary Session featuring Alan Stern, Ph.D. ’75
Questions?
Contact Jason Lange at LangeJ@smtexas.org or 214.346.8243.

Visitor Information

All conference events will occur on the campus of St. Mark’s School of Texas, 10600 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas. The conference hotel, the Omni Dallas, located in downtown Dallas, is 10 miles away. 

On Sunday evening, after the opening keynote address, we will transport delegates to the Old Parkland campus in downtown Dallas for an evening of food, drink, and conversation. The dress code is smart casual; whatever you would wear to the conference. Indoor and outdoor spaces will be available to enjoy.

On Monday evening, delegates are free to explore the city of Dallas and enjoy a delicious meal in one of our inviting restaurants. We recommend four areas of the city, all less than 15 minutes from the Omni Hotel Dallas:

  • Downtown & Uptown Dallas – A business and residential district that caters to a corporate crowd. 
  • McKinney Avenue – A collection of bars and restaurants (linked by a streetcar) that attracts the young, hip, and fashionable.
  • Lower Greenville Avenue – A down-to-earth strip of comfortable eateries, shops, and bars. 
  • Bishop-Arts District – An atmospheric, bohemian few blocks with a variety of bistros and boutiques. 
Talk to St. Mark’s representatives or the concierge at the Omni Dallas Hotel for more specific options and recommendations. 

On Tuesday evening, the Perot Museum of Science and Nature will host an interactive evening accompanied by plentiful refreshments. The dress code is smart casual or urban sophisticated. Most of the evening will be indoors with opportunities to take in the Dallas skyline from outdoor patios. 

Explore Dallas

School Address
St. Mark’s School of Texas
10600 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75230
+1-214-346-8001

Conference Hotel

Omni Dallas Hotel
555 S. Lamar Street, Dallas, TX 75202
+1-214-744-6664

About St. Mark's

Founded in 1906, St. Mark’s School of Texas is a nonsectarian, college-preparatory, independent day school for boys in grades one through twelve. The School’s charter states that it is “designed to afford its students well-rounded physical, intellectual, moral, and religious training and instruction.” The School is intended to be a diverse community of teachers and students who share a love of learning and who strive for high achievement in whatever they undertake.
Students
  • 903 Boys Enrolled
    • 408 Upper School (Grades 9-12)
    • 343 Middle School (Grades 5-8)
    • 152 Lower School (Grades 1-4)
  • 15 Students in an Average Class
  • 8:1 Student:Teacher Ratio
  • 48% Students of Color
  • 98% Student Retention
  • 15% Acceptance Rate
 
Programs Offered
  • 22 AP Courses
  • 65 sports teams
  • 17 varsity sports
  • 56 Fine Arts courses

Character Spotlight: The Pecos
A unique graduation requirement of St. Mark’s School of Texas is the successful completion of the Pecos Wilderness Trip. This 10-day excursion takes Upper School boys into the wilderness of Santa Fe National and Carson National Forests of New Mexico. Groups of students are led by St. Mark’s faculty, staff, alumni, and even older students, on 5-to-8-mile daily hikes at elevations above 11,000 feet. Boys set up their own camps and tents, cook their own food, and leave no trace as they hike through the mountains.  

St. Mark’s School of Texas

10600 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75230

214-346-8000

About Us

St. Mark’s School of Texas is a private, nonsectarian college-preparatory boys’ day school for students in grades 1 through 12, located in Dallas, Texas. St. Mark’s aims to prepare young men to assume leadership and responsibility in a competitive and changing world.

St. Mark’s does not discriminate in the administration of its admission and education policies on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.