"This is a one of a kind meeting where we will have both general and applied sessions with current, comprehensive, and authoritative information to help businesses plan for the impact of a pandemic," said Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H. "To have all these businesses together to address their specific and collective needs in practical terms is critical to useful planning. This summit is about moving forward a blueprint for business preparedness."
"Pandemic influenza needs to be on the minds of all organizations. It is not an 'if' but 'when' scenario," said Ann Beauchesne, executive director, homeland security division, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "This is a critical event that should be a priority for all our members."
Specific sessions are planned for the healthcare, manufacturing, information services, agriculture and food, financial services, trade, leisure and hospitality, transportation and warehousing, energy, and construction and real estate business sectors.