Sophie Vlessing, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation for Kaplan Higher and Professional Education, champions Kaplan’s mission to serve as the learning partner for Boomers as they reimagine their lives and careers.


She has spearheaded Kaplan’s partnership with AARP’s Life Reimagined and has led the development of, a hub dedicated to providing valuable learning resources for people exploring their encore careers.

Sophie has also led the innovation of Career Journey, a self paced course developed in collaboration with LinkedIn, to guide professionals in supporting their career and learning exploration. Sophie serves as an Executive Mentor for Kaplan’s Ed Tech Accelerator, an incubator formed in partnership with Techstars, to support education technology startups.


Prior to joining Kaplan, Sophie was the Vice President of Marketing and Guest Strategy at Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Sophie also has experience in innovation and customer experience with companies such as Peppers and Rogers Group, Marketing Corporation of America, Nabisco and Ameritech.


Sophie earned a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University Of Pennsylvania and a M.M. in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.