CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A group of philanthropists in the Charlottesville area is bringing light to the impacts of trauma on children and adults in the community.

Women United in Philanthropy hosted its annual panel Tuesday, March 19, at the Omni Hotel with a theme of "discovering resilience." Experts at the event shared advice and strategies to deal with trauma.

“We are learning about the prevalence and impact that trauma and toxic stress has on our bodies, our minds, and how we interact with the world,” said Piedmont CASA President Alicia Lenahan. “We're also learning that resilience is not something you are born with or without.”

Organizers say resilience is something that can be built and strengthened over time.

The topic of trauma was chosen due to the ongoing impacts of the 2017 Unite the Right rally on the Charlottesville community.