Tren’ness Woods-Black is President and Chief Strategist of Tren’ness Woods-Black, LLC Passion for People, Poised for Press and granddaughter of the late Sylvia Woods, renowned founder of the Soul Food icon, Sylvia’s Restaurant where she serves as the VP Communications. With over 20 years experience in the restaurant industry and as a seasoned communications executive, Tren’ness has worked for clients such as Sylvia’s restaurant and food products, National Action Network and J. Walter Thompson. She has successfully brokered marketing deals with Target, Splenda, Starbucks, and Whirlpool to name a few. Her philanthropic efforts have raised over one hundred thousand dollars for The Sylvia and Herbert Woods Scholarship Fund. Tren’ness has served as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, is Co-Chair and founding Board Member of Harlem Park to Park and serves on the Board of Directors for NYC & Company and the NYC Hospitality Alliance.
Her media accolades include Ebony Magazine’s coveted Power 100 List, NV Magazine’s Movers and Shakers List, and Paper Magazine’s Beautiful People List. Woods-Black has been interviewed by numerous outlets to include: The Associated Press, Time Magazine, Epoch Times, Oggi, Good Morning America, MSNBC, The Early Show, BBC, Good Day New York, The New York Times, The Daily News, and the Dr.Phil Show to name a few. She has been featured in several official New York City promotions both nationally and internationally. Moreover, she has appeared and/or been featured on: The View, Master Chef (Poland, Australia) The Food Network Special Savoring Harlem, Food Paradise, Project Runaway. Most recently she has been featured in two documentaries: Harlem on My Plate & HEIRLOOM: Upholding a Family Legacy.
Tren’ness is a sought-after speaker and personality in the culinary, lifestyle, philanthropic, and business corridor. Her vibrant, motivational personality ignites audiences and pe