Ms Dempsey is a frequent speaker at small business conferences across the United States. She has been recognized for her advocacy, receiving several awards:

• Directors Award - OSDBU - Environmental Protection Agency - November 2004
• VA Minority Supplier Development Council - Advocate of the Year - December 2004
• VA Minority Supplier Development Council - Advocate of the Year - December 2006
• Community Business Partnership- Excellence Award - 2008
• Parren Mitchell Founder's Award - 2008
• Powerful Minority Woman in Business Award - MEA Magazine - 2010
• 2010 SBA Metropolitan District, Veteran Advocate.
• 2011 Chairman's Challenge Award, VA Minority Supplier Development Council.
• 2012 Top Champions Award
• 2013 Presidents Award - MD/DC Minority Supplier Development Council
• 2013 Outstanding Leadership Award - VA Minority Supplier Development Council
• 2014 Distinguished Supplier Diversity Award Minority Business Development Agency
• 2015 Murray Schooner Life Time Achievement Award, Alliance of Supplier Diversity Professionals
• 2015 MEA Magazine - Supplier Diversity Executive of the Year Award

Ms Dempsey's career spans over 25 years in the field of procurement, subcontracts and supplier diversity. Currently the Director, Socio Economic Business Programs at BAE Systems Intelligence & Security, Ms Dempsey has also been a small business advocate for the Hughes Corporation, Northrop Grumman, DynCorp, and CSC. She is active in the small business community, serving as the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, Second Vice Chair, former Chair, VA Minority Supplier Development Council and current Chair, Community Business Partnership, Board of Directors. She has co-chaired the Veterans in Business Conference for nine consecutive years. She is Co-Chair for the TRIAD Organization and active in both AFCEA and NDIA Small Business Committees.

Ms Dempsey is a former adjunct professor teaching a variety of business and acquisition classes at Northern VA Community College and Stratford University for five years. She was named 2005 Instructor of the Year, Stratford University. She is also an instructor for the Alliance of Supplier Diversity Professionals Certification Program. She received her B.S. from Mary Washington College, Certificate in Contracts & Procurements, University of Virginia, and Masters Certificate in Procurement & Supply Chain Management, MS and MBA from the University of Maryland. She is also a certified supplier diversity professional (CSDP).