Susan K. Walton

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When Susan K. Walton was in the intensive care unit after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, she could communicate only by writing notes. After asking what happened and hearing the explanation, she wrote, "Good will come from this."

That summarizes Walton's basic personal philosophy.

"I believe that one can make good come from any circumstance if one works at it," said Walton, the executive director of Suited For Success.

Walton decided to launch the volunteer clothing closet following the recovery of serious injuries she suffered in the bombing. A customer in the Federal Employees Credit Union at the time of the blast, she has undergone more than 20 surgeries. Through her determination and despite her suffering, she opened the clothing closet in 1997 for low-income single mothers who needed assistance in becoming self-sustaining.

"I had been a single mother, worked in banking and knew how difficult it was to dress appropriately. I saw a TV news segment about the Bottomless Closet in Chicago and thought it sounded like a good idea," Walton said.

In the past five years, Suited for Success has suited more than 1,000 ladies. The closet works with more than 30 different job training and job readiness programs and has a service area from El Reno to Seminole and the Moore and Norman area to Edmond.

Walton's business affiliations include the National Association for Female Executives and the Oklahoma City Republican Women's Club. She also has been involved with the American Business Women's Association, serving as vice president and president-elect. …