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Planning for Good - News & Events

Are you curious about what we are doing behind the scenes? We take pride in the work we do for our clients and for our community and we're also committed to staying on top of the ever-changing financial industry. But we don't work all the time! As much as we love being financial planners, we know that having balance is important. Take a peek at some of our fun activities, too. 

You can find a PDF of the Winter 2018 newsletter by clicking here. while snapshots of current and past events are below.

USA Trademarks

(Fall 2016) - I am delighted to announce that our team's puzzle-heart logo, along with our motto "Planning for Good," are now both federal trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office!



I am honored to receive the 2018 Five Star Wealth Manager award for the fourth year in a row!

The award is presented to wealth managers who provide quality services to their clients and is awarded to less than 8% of the advisors in the Providence area.

The FIVE STAR award is granted by Five Star Professional, an independent 3rd party marketing firm. This award is not indicative of future performance or success and stems from nominations by industry professionals in a given market area and based upon objective criteria including favorable regulatory and complaint history, reviews conducted by the firm, retention rates, and client assets administered.

It's In Your Best Interest...

Click here for an update on the U.S. Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule to learn what it means for you. SNAPSHOT: As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional, I've acted as a fiduciary to my clients all along! It's my job to put your needs first and give advice that's in your best interest.

Baystate Charitable Foundation Spring/Summer Newsletter

Everyone knows that my practice is centered on Planning for Good®, the practice of “putting your money where your heart is”. We focus on aligning your financial decisions with your values.

But did you know that Baystate Financial, as a firm, also has a Charitable Foundation? I’m proud to be a part of an organization that participates in giving back to the local community, just like my clients and I do! Click here for a peek at our most recent activities and the non-profits we support.

A Decade and Counting...

(Spring 2017) - I'm delighted to announce my 10-year anniversary as an independent financial advisor, making it 17 years in the financial services business! 

 Celebrating Diversity in Dance

(Fall 2016) - Everything is better with diversity! I'm honored to be part of the RI Latin dance community, specifically, the bachata community. We are the picture of what it means to welcome people from all walks of life: all levels of talent, genders, ages, ethnicities and sexual orientations. The only requirement is the love of music and dancing! Click here to read the article I wrote for Options, RI's LGBT magazine.

We Met Malala Yousafzai!

(Fall 2016) - Karen and her Little Sister mentee, Jazmine, had the honor of meeting Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist who stood up to the Taliban and survived a near-fatal shot to the head for attending school. Malala went on to be the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Women Adviser Summit

(Summer 2016) - Karen Melo, CFP® attended the annual Women Adviser Summit hosted by InvestmentNews, a leading provider of business news for financial professionals. The agenda included the following topics:

  • 10 Ways to Empower Female Clients
  • How to Help Clients Thrive In Times of Uncertainty
  • Guarding Against Cyber Fraud
  • Understanding the New Rules from the Department of Labor

(More details will be posted after the event!)

Baystate Named one of RI's Best Places to Work

(Summer 2016) - The Providence Business News has named Baystate Financial one of the "Best Places to Work in Rhode Island" in its annual regional awards program. As the only wealth management firm in the medium company category to make this year's list, the honor recognizes Baystate Financial achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions and company culture. 

“We all knew, before we won any award, that we had something special in Rhode Island.” 

- Dave Porter, Managing Partner of Baystate Financial

Karen and Her Little Sister Mentee Dance Bachata

(Summer 2016) – Brandon Contreras of Paso Sensual Dance Company and three members of his dance team brought huge smiles to the faces of several teen mentees of Big Brother Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS).

Karen Melo, a local professional with Baystate Financial, has been a Big Sister for the past six years to a teenage girl who is being raised by a single dad. Her goal is to serve as a role model for her Little Sister and to help her overcome some of the challenges she has faced in childhood. Melo also happens to be a member of the Latin dance community and was excited to share her love of Bachata with her teenage mentee.

You can read the full Press Release here: Local Dance Company Teaches Bachata to Little Sister Mentees! 



Baystate Financial Spring Cleaning Day

(Spring 2016) - This spring season, Baystate helped clear the clutter while supporting community organizations and being "green". Clothing and household items were collected for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State, in turn helping them fund essential mentoring programs. As a 6 year Big Sister mentor, advisor Karen Melo, CFP® knows first-hand how important these efforts can be to the children in the community.

Indie Cycle Inc. was also on hand to collect and recycle digital equipment and electronics, keeping our environment as clean as possible while disposing of unwanted devices.

Baystate's Annual Holiday Charity Drive for Youth Pride, Inc.

(Winter 2015) – Karen Melo, CFP® (along with her colleagues, clients and friends) collected non-perishable food and personal hygiene items to help stock the pantry at Youth Pride, Inc. in Providence. YPI's mission is to meet the unique and on-going needs of youth and young adults impacted by sexual orientation and gender indentity / expression. To learn more about YPI, visit

Karen Melo, CFP®, an Advisor with Baystate Financial, Attends the 2015 Pride Planners Conference

(Summer 2015) – Karen Melo, CFP® joins friend and allied professional, Lillian Gonzalez, CPA, at the most recent Pride Planners conference in Boston. Pride Planners offers financial professionals, including planners, accountants and attorneys, with the most current information related to advising the LGBT community on important money matters. This event includes 6 hours of Continuing Education and many opportunities for networking with other LGBT-friendly professionals. This time, we had the honor of hearing Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, speaking about the importance of protecting LGBT rights.

CE Topics

  • Planning for Unmarried Couples
  • Social Screening for LGBT Issues
  • Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: divorce, separation & relationship agreements
  • A Culture in Transition: Financial Planning with GLBTQ Clients
  • Elder Care Concerns & Planning Opportunities
  • Tax Planning opportunities for Unmarried and LGBT Clients